Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Baby boomers at severe risk of heart attack and stroke

A new study suggests one in five Australians aged over 55 or over a million baby boomers, face a 30 per cent chance of suffering a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke in the next five years.

The Generation Risk report was carried out by Access Economics and rates cardiovascular risk in Australians aged 55 or over based on a collection of asymptomatic or ‘silent’ risk factors such as high blood pressure, being overweight or smoking.

Although smoking as a risk factor is declining, there are still areas such as physical inactivity, being overweight or obese and increasing levels of diabetes which are of great concern in the future as the population ages.

Within the population group aged 55 years or older, three out of four are physically inactive, 70 per cent are overweight or obese, 58 per cent have high cholesterol, 51 per cent have hypertension, 26 per cent have diabetes and 14 per cent have had a prior CVD event.

Furthermore, one in five people stop taking blood pressure medications after just one month and 80 per cent stop taking these medications after 30 months.

“The best drug in the world is not going to work if the patient doesn’t take it,” said Dr Conner, the report’s expert advisor,

The take home message:

Get into preventative health,

get physically active,

and stay on your prescribed medication!

Picture News Source : Pharmacy e-NEWS, Australia

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