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AHA recommended a renewed focus on prevention to reduce the development of risk for CVD.
Goal is to improve population cardiovascular health (CVH) by 20%, reduce CVD mortality by 20%.
Key is to lead a healthy lifestyle during midlife, the longer the lesser risks.
Data of participants for 16 years assessed for development of diseases or death.
For each 5-year period they had ideal CVH, they were less likely to develop certain diseases.
33 % less for hypertension, 25% less for diabetes, kidney disease and CVD.
Also 14 % less likely to die compared with those having poor CVH.
Findings underscore importance of promoting healthy behaviors throughout the life-course.
Research by Boston University School of Medicine, published in JAMA Cardiology.