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90% of Strokes are Preventable

The Lancet recently published a study on the modifiable risk factors behind strokes. Here are some key findings from the report:

  • 10 controllable risk factors account for 90% of all strokes.
  • Eliminating high blood pressure was estimated to reduce risk by 48%.
  • High blood pressure causes 39% of strokes in North America, Australia and western Europe.
  • 60% of strokes in Southeast Asia are caused by high blood pressure.
  • Eliminating physical inactivity was estimated to reduce stroke risk by 36%.
  • Stroke risk is reduced by an estimated 23% when a poor diet is improved.

Source: The Lancet, July 15, 2016

CDC: Smoking Rate Dropped From 20.9% (2005) To 17.8% (2013)

According to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):

  • The number of cigarette smokers dropped from 45.1 million in 2005 to 42.1 million in 2013.
  • Those who smoke every day decreased from 80.8% in 2005 to 76.9% in 2013.
  • Cigarette smokers who smoke only on some days increased from 19.2% in 2005 to 23.1% in 2013.
  • The average number of cigarettes smoked by daily smokers declined from 16.7 in 2005 to 14.2 in 2013.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

What is the salt content of your food

The FDA is ready to make a move on regulating the sodium content of foods, the agency’s commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, announced.

Do different types of BP elevation tell you different things

Study: Use multiple BP components to improve risk assessment

The use of multiple blood pressure components may result in a more
complete assessment of cardiovascular risk, researchers from Brigham and
Women’s Hospital reported in the journal Hypertension. “Our data provide
further insights about the distinct hemodynamic pathways by which different
forms of BP elevation may contribute to the development of different
cardiovascular disease end points,” researchers wrote. MedWire News (U.K.) (8/5)

Hypertension may have early childhood development roots

Rapid weight gain in young children linked to later hypertension
An Australian study of children from birth to age 14 showed the top 32% with the fastest weight gain had high blood pressure that could be detected as early as age 3. Reducing childhood obesity and early fat gain could curb levels of metabolic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, the lead researcher said. The findings were presented at the European Society of Hypertension conference. United Press International (4/26)

Exercise is key to cardiovascular health

Study: Fitness alone can curb CVD-related mortality risk
A study in Circulation of more than 14,000 white, middle class men showed that those who maintained or increased their exercise levels over 11 years had 30% and 40% reductions in cardiovascular-disease-related mortality, respectively, even without weight loss. The data showed that men whose fitness declined during the study period had a higher risk of dying. Forbes (12/6), U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/5)