CV risk factors in midlife linked to risk of premature death from heart disease

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “They’re called ‘risk factors’ for a reason – people with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and/or a smoking habit are much more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and other manifestations of cardiovascular disease, including death,” according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

WebMD reports that investigators “analyzed data from more than 250,000 adults at ages 45, 55, 65, and 75 over a 50-year period.”

HealthDay reports, “Using the four cardiovascular risk factors, the researchers estimated the lifetime risks of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.”

MedPage Today reports, “Two or more major risk factors at age 55 predicted a 29.6% chance of death from cardiovascular disease by age 80 for men and 20.5% for women.”

However, “for 55-year-olds with a clean bill of cardiovascular health, lifetime risk was only 4.7% for men and 6.4% for women.”

HeartWire reports that “the trends shown in the study were similar for both white and black people and did not change across the diverse birth-year cohorts.”