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30th November 2016
Preventing cardiometabolic risk factors in midlife lowers risk of incident HF 

Prevention of hypertension, obesity, and diabetes by 45 years and 55 years of may substantially prolong heart failure-free survival, decrease heart failure-related morbidity and reduce the public health impact of heart failure, according to findings from the Cardiovascular Disease Lifetime Risk Pooling Project published in the December 2016 issue of JACC: Heart Failure.

Researchers conducted a pooled, individual-level analysis sampling from communities across the United States as part of 4 cohort studies: the Framingham Heart, Framingham Offspring, Chicago Heart Association Detection Project in Industry, and ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities) studies. They found that
  • Compared to men and women who had all the three risk factors of diabetes, hypertension and obesity, those with no risk factors were at a 73-85% lower risk of incident heart failure. 
  •  Individuals without hypertension, obesity, or diabetes at age 45 years lived on average 34.7 years and 38.0 years without incident heart failure, and they lived on average an additional 3 years to 15 years longer free of heart failure vs those with 1, 2, or 3 risk factors.
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