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Ethn Dis. 2012 Summer;22(3 Suppl 1):S1-30-4.

The impact of traditional risk factor development on the life course of cardiovascular diseases.

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  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 680 N Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.


This report discusses the profound impact of established risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD), from the perspective of both shortterm and lifetime risks. Emerging data have confirmed the major importance of aggregate risk factor burden in middle and older age on remaining lifetime risks for CVD. The relatively new concept of the ideal cardiovascular health factor profile will play a central role in plans to improve the longevity, healthy longevity, and quality of life and health care costs of all Americans. In this context, the agenda of the Jackson Heart Study should promote understanding of and identify means for enhancing the roles of CVD prevention and health promotion among African Americans.

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