Lifestyle change helped to halve number of Americans dying from heart diseaseBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4198 (Published 04 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4198
- Michael Day
Americans have halved their risk of dying from coronary heart disease in just 20 years largely by smoking less, monitoring blood cholesterol, and treating high blood pressure, a major survey indicates.
While treating existing heart disease also helped reduce mortality, prevention played by far the biggest part, says new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2010.05.009).
The researchers gathered data on total cholesterol concentrations, systolic blood pressure, and smoking prevalence from the national health and nutrition examination survey, a yearly poll representing the entire US population, with data taken from 1980 through to 2000. They entered those statistics into a modelling system …