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HHS HealthBeat (July 25, 2013)

Reducing risk of heart disease


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study supports the idea that people can get their high blood pressure and high cholesterol under control to reduce their risk of heart disease.

At the Medical University of South Carolina, Brent Egan says national survey data from 1988 through 2010 found a sharp increase in the proportion of people who had blood pressure and cholesterol controlled – but most still did not have it controlled.

Egan says the benefits of control are powerful, and the lifestyle factors of physical activity and eating healthy can add to it.

``Individuals that both follow a healthy lifestyle and make sure that their blood pressure and cholesterol are controlled to goal can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke up to 75 percent.’’

The study in the journal Circulation was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: July 25, 2013