A recent study published on Nov. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) had four major findings. First being that individuals with optimal risk factor profiles lived up to 14 years longer free of total CVD than individuals with at least two risk factors. Secondly, men in middle age had lifetime risks of approximately 60 percent for developing cardiovascular disease. Also, women in middle age had lifetime risks of approximately 56 percent for developing cardiovascular disease. And lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease were strongly associated with risk factor burden in middle age.
The first author of the study, John T. Wilkins M.D. said, “We found that many people develop cardiovascular disease as they live into old age, but those with optimal risk factor levels live disease-free longer.” Wilkins is an assistant professor in medicine, cardiology and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.