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Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, December 6, 2023


Researchers have finally estimated the lifetime risk for developing coronary heart disease (CHD). One out of every two men and one out of every three women aged 40 and under will develop CHD. Those who have survived to age 70 still face the risk that one out of every three men and one out of every four women will develop CHD in their remaining years of life.
According to Claude Lenfant, MD, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Director: This study shows why it is so important for adults of all ages to take steps to prevent heart disease. Even young adults should know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, eat in a heart-healthy way, be physically active and watch their weight to reduce their lifetime risk of CHD.
Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans. It occurs when the coronary arteries become narrowed or clogged and cannot supply enough oxygen-rich blood to the heart. It leads to chest pain, called angina, and heart attacks. People are more likely to die from heart disease than cancer, stroke, lung diseases or accidents.
Leading indicators for CHD are high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary habits, overweight, and smoking.
Many physicians caring for senior citizens may have believed persons who survive to an older age without CHD are no longer susceptible to developing it. Since even at age 70 the average person remains at high risk, greater emphasis should be placed on control of risk factors in older men and women according to CHD specialists.
The findings are based on a 50-year study involving 7,733 volunteers, aged 40-94. This study provided a well-described population with long-term follow-up and carefully documented CHD events and causes of death. The Study is far superior to other estimates limited by reliance on death certificate data or short-term follow up according to CHD specialists.

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