Maintaining an optimal heart health can add 14 years to one's life than their peers who have cardiovascular disease risk factors, finds study. This is the conclusion of a new Northwestern Medicine study. "We found that many people develop cardiovascular disease as they live into old age, but those with optimal risk factor levels live disease-free longer," said John T. Wilkins, M.D., first author of the study. "We need to do everything we can to maintain optimal risk factors so that we reduce the chances of developing cardiovascular disease and increase the chances that we'll live longer and healthier," noted Wilkins, an assistant professor in medicine, cardiology and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. For the study, researchers pulled data from five different cohorts included in the Cardiovascular Lifetime Risk Pooling Project and looked at the participants' risk of all forms of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular disease from ages 45, 55 and 65 through 95 years of age. All participants were free of CVD at entry into the study and data on the following risk factors was collected: blood pressure, total cholesterol, diabetes and smoking status. The primary outcome measure for the study was any CVD event (including fatal and nonfatal coronary heart disease, all forms of stroke, congestive heart failure, and other CVD deaths). The study found that individuals with optimal risk factor profiles lived up to 14 years longer free of total CVD than individuals with at least two risk factors. Men in middle age had lifetime risks of approximately 60 percent for developing cardiovascular disease. Women in middle age had lifetime risks of approximately 56 percent for developing cardiovascular disease. Lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease were strongly associated with risk factor burden in middle age. The study has been just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).Source: ANI << Losing Weight Lowers Body Inflammation Risk of Fatal Heart Disease Higher Among Black Men, Women, ... >> Recommended Reading Lifestyle Paths to Heart Disease Heart disease can be of many types depending upon whether they involve the heart muscles or artery walls or heart beats. Bad lifestyle choices contribute to heart disease. READ MORE Quiz on Ageing There are several myths associated with ageing and one such myth doing the rounds is that pain is a part of growing old. Is there a grain of truth in this? To find out, participate in this ... READ MORE Foods to Lower Cholesterol and Heart Disease Heart diseases are the most common and threatening disease today. It has takes millions of lives all over the world each year and the death count is not going down. Here are tips to a healthy heart. READ MORE Aortic Valve Stenosis Aortic valve Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the c valve. Symptoms include angina, and that of heart failure. Aortic valve replacement is effective therapy. READ MORE Does Oral Health Affect Your Heart? Oral health has been noted as the key factor before and after experiencing heart diseases. Maintaining good oral health can help prevent risks of heart diseases. READ MORE Healthy Gifting Ideas for Diwali Diwali, the festival of lights is round the corner. Take a fat free route when it comes to gifting this Diwali. Go the untraditional way and gift your near and dear ones with the gift of health. READ MORE Mitral Valve Prolapse Mitral Valve Prolapse is a relatively common condition and causes leakage of blood through the valve. MVP is not life-threatening in most instances. READ MORE Pericarditis Pericarditis occurs when the pericardium gets inflamed. Pericarditis is characterized by severe chest pain. READ MORE Statins Statins are new wonder drugs that are proving to be efficacious, not merely in relieving symptoms but also offering several health benefits. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Hearing Loss Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects The Essence of Yoga More News on: HeartHealthy HeartStatinsMitral Valve ProlapseAortic Valve StenosisPericarditisHealthy Gifting Ideas for DiwaliDoes Oral Health Affect Your Heart?