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US citizens score poorly on ratings of cardiovascular risk factors

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e22 (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e22
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

More than 90% of Americans score poorly on at least one of the American Heart Association’s seven factors defining ideal cardiovascular health, the association reports in Circulation (doi:10.1161/CIR.0b013e31823ac046).

The seven factors are smoking status, weight, physical activity, healthy diet, cholesterol concentration, blood pressure, and fasting glucose concentration, together with lack of a diagnosis of heart or blood vessel disease.

The new statistical update is prepared by the association together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies.

The new data show that 94% of US adults score at a “poor” level on at least one of those factors and that 38% have at least three factors at a poor level.

A fifth (21.2%) of men …

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