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Heart failure doesn't discriminate
Date:4/2/2013

ern Memorial Hospital.

Researchers used data from 39,000 participants in National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute-sponsored cohorts to estimate lifetime risks for developing heart failure at age 45 through 95. They also explored the relationships between lifetime heart failure risk and risk factors such as obesity, blood pressure and prior heart attack.

Some other key findings from the study:

  • Whites and blacks with higher blood pressure and higher body mass index had a higher lifetime risk for heart failure.

  • White males have the highest lifetime risk for heart failure, 30 to 42 percent

  • Lifetime heart failure risk for black and white women is similar, 32 to 39 percent in white women, 24 to 46 percent in black women.

The good news: the majority of heart failure incidences are preventable.

"There are things we can do to help prevent heart failure risks, but it requires a concerted effort, not just on the individual level but in our communities," Lloyd-Jones said. "Not smoking, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight over a long period of time, maintaining a healthy blood pressure and preventing heart attacks are all things Americans can to keep their hearts healthy as they age."


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Contact: Erin White
ewhite@northwestern.edu
847-491-4888
Northwestern University
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