Heart Health at Middle Age a Good Indicator of Future Health

Heart Health at Middle Age a Good Indicator of Future Health

05.24.11 | By

An interesting article in the New York Times health section describes a series of interesting studies that suggest that heart health at middle age is a good indicator of potential risk for future heart disease.

"In two separate studies, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Cooper Institute in Dallas analyzed fitness levels for more than 66,000 people. Over all, the research showed that a person's fitness level at midlife is a strong predictor of long-term heart health, proving just as reliable as traditional risk factors like cholesterol level or high blood pressure. The two reports were published last month in Circulation and The Journal of the American College of Cardiology."

The upshot is that more intense physical activity above currently recommended levels of exercise may be important factors in achieving long-term heart health. This is important because heart disease remains the number one cause of premature death can help reduce heart disease's toll. In addition, with proper medications and early treatment many heart conditions can be well managed as chronic conditions.

Finally, America's biopharmaceutical research companies are working on nearly 300 new medicines to help fight heart attack and stroke.

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