Cardiovascular Disease in Elders: Is It Inevitable?

Barbara Riegel, Jill A. Bennett

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    Abstract

    Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death and disability in America. The burden of cardiovascular disease is higher in elders than in younger populations, presumably because of life-long exposure to risk factors such as hypertension, smoking, abnormal blood lipids, lack of exercise, and/or obesity. Many assume that it is too late to attempt to modify risk factors in elders because behavior is so difficult to change. The purpose of this article is to argue that cardiovascular risk factor modification is effective in elders and should be vigorously pursued for the good of individuals, families, communities, and societies.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)101-111
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Adult Development
    Volume7
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

    Keywords

    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Elders
    • Exercise
    • Hypertension
    • Lipids
    • Obesity
    • Smoking

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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