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Almost Half Of U.S. Adults At Risk For Heart Disease

08/03/12

  12:25:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Almost Half Of U.S. Adults At Risk For Heart Disease

HealthDay News reports that nearly half of American adults have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and smoking.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed data from a national health and nutrition survey, and found that adults have actually shown some improvement over the past decade – the risk factor rate dropped from 58% in 1999 to 46.5% in 2010. But overall numbers still remain high.

According to the CDC report:

  • Men (52%) are more likely than women (41%) to have one of these risk factors.
  • From 1999 to 2010, there was a drop in the percentage of whites and Mexican Americans who had at least one risk factor (about 47% and 45%, respectively).
  • There was no decline in the percentage of blacks with these risk factors, which remained at 58%.
  • The prevalence of uncontrolled high blood pressure and uncontrolled high LDL cholesterol dropped between 1999 and 2010 (almost 8% and 9%, respectively).
  • There was no drop in the percentage of adult cigarette smokers, which remained at 25% of adults 20 and older.
  • Disparities remain among people of different income levels and racial and ethnic groups.

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