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Heart Disease, Stroke Deaths Down

Still, Too Many Americans at High Risk for Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, Researchers Say

Lifestyle Behaviors Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease Burden continued...

Over the next decade, the American Heart Association is focused on reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%.

 “Our baseline data related to the 2020 goal in the new update indicate the need for substantial progress in order to meet those goals in the next decade,” Roger says. “To achieve improvements in cardiovascular health, all segments of the population will need to focus on improved cardiovascular health behaviors, particularly with regard to diet and weight, as well as increasing physical activity and further reducing the prevalence of smoking.”

The report, for the first time, includes data about family history and genetics. Having a sibling who has heart disease, or a parent who has experienced a heart attack at an early age, essentially doubles one’s risk of developing heart disease. “The role of genetic factors in the risk of cardiovascular disease will likely be a growing part of the report in the future,” Roger says.

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