Never Too Early To Lower Heart Disease Risk

January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM EDT

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Never Too Early To Lower Heart Disease Risk

January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM EDT


(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) The battle against heart disease is not a sprint. It's a marathon.

A new study finds people who do a better job of controlling the risk
factors for heart disease in their 40's or 50's have a lot less chance of dying from heart disease, even into their 80's.

Researchers looked at the lifetime risk factors of heart disease, like blood pressure, smoking and cholesterol at ages 45, 55, 65, and 75.

Results show people with lower cholesterol, low blood pressure, who did not smoke and were not diabetic had about a 5 percent chance of dying from heart disease through age 80.

People who had two or more major risk factors had a 20-30 percent chance of dying from heart disease.

Researchers say the results highlight the importance of controlling the risk factors for heart disease.

Dr. David Frid of the Cleveland Clinic says, "It's never too early to start addressing your risk of developing a problem. If you've exposed yourself to those bad risk factors, they've already started doing their damage. It's much easier to prevent that early damage
than it is to try to reverse it."

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