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CDC Survey Finds Half of Adults Have Cardiovascular Risk Factors

admin - May 18, 2010

A nation at risk. That is, without question, what we are.

A recent Centers for Disease Control study found that nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Each of these are major risk factors for heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.  The report came from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2006, a long-standing government study that looks at the health of the United States population.

Here are the shocking results:

  • 45% of adult had a least one of three diagnosed or undiagnosed chronic conditions — hypertension (high blood pressure), hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) or diabetes
  • 13% had two of these conditions
  • 3% of adults had all three

What makes the results of this study so frightening is that 15% of the population — one in seven — are unaware that they have one or more of the conditions. 

One reason — high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and even diabetes are often completely silent in the early stages. By the time you are experiencing symptoms, your disease can be very advanced.  Screenings such as the ones Life Line Screening offers can be helpful in identifying disease earlier, as are regular visits to your doctor.  In addition, eating well, not smoking, exercising and staying at a healthy weight are the fundamental steps to keeping these conditions at bay.

Of course, if eating right, not smoking, getting proper exercise and maintaining an ideal weight was easy, we wouldn’t be a nation in trouble.  The good news is that small steps can make a huge difference.  Visit the SmallSteps website to learn more.


1 Comment so far
  1. Lorraine Vinton - July 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    MY husband and I had screening done on june 8- they said
    we were ok and would get the results in 21 days. On June 11-my husband had a massive heart attack. I am so glad we had this testing done. I was upset and called them when things settled down and asked them about it. after waiting cause they have to call you back and I was not here for the calls. when I finally talked to them and told them our
    reports show everything was fine-NO plaque buildup blood flow good-everything normal. How could this be-He was 100% plugged-should’t that have shown up somewhere? They said it would have for a stroke, but not a heart attack. Probably if he would have had a stroke-it would have showed up for a heart attack. I would not tell my friends that
    this screening is a good thing, I probably will be dead from a
    heart attack since I had the testing done to. Also his doctor
    told us these tests are useless and all they want is our money-do not get them. I could have used the $284.00 for
    bills since he was out of work, instead life screening said there is nothing they could do.

    Thanks-I really appreciate all that you have done for us.

    Lorraine Vinton

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