Majority of Americans at High Risk of Heart Disease

by Jodee on September 16, 2009

If you are at a high level of risk for heart disease, you are in good company. Less than 10 percent of Americans are at a low level of risk for the disorder, according to the results of a new research study published in the medical journal Circulation.

Only 7.5 percent of the population in the U.S. has none of the risk factors linked to heart disease:

  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol (more than 200 mg/dL)
  • High blood pressure (above 120/80)
  • Overweight or obese
  • Diabetes

Americans’ expanding waistlines are to blame for the lousy numbers. It’s true that smoking is less fashionable now than it was in the 1970s, but with the increasing numbers of people who are couch potatoes and the lower levels of physical activity in children, these numbers shouldn’t be all that surprising.

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