This isn't good news in the slightest: half of all Americans will get heart disease. It's already the leading killer, why can't we just catch a break?
Oh yeah, it's because we're lazy.
This latest analysis considers the lifetime risk for all cardiovascular diseases, a category that includes coronary artery disease (whose symptoms are most often heart attack and angina) along with strokes, congestive heart failure, and more — something that really hasn't been done before. Usually, the analysis is limited to one disease, and a short period of time.
'At age 45, the lifetime heart disease risk is 60.3% for men and 55.6% for women, according to the researchers. That means that, on average, a 45-year-old man without heart disease can expect that he will develop the disease at some point in his life with 60.3% probability. Or, alternatively, that three out of five men without heart disease at age 45 will develop the condition at some point in their lives. Risks are higher for men than for women at all ages.'
The risks are linked to smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The more of those you have, the more you're screwed.
Here's the scary part, though — even if you don't have any of that shizz, you still have 30% chance of getting a cardiovascular disease. In other words, three out of ten people with no reason to worry about heart disease in middle-age might get those conditions at some point.
It's time to do something about it, folks.
Get on it, and get off your asses!
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