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Important Heart Risks Decline for Older Americans

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Over a 20 year period, elderly Americans of both genders reduced their risks for heart attack and stroke, according to researchers from the University of Southern California. The study investigators suspect the cause of this positive trend is due to greater use of cholesterol and hypertension drugs (such as statins), along with declining smoking prevalence. The study team analyzed national data on adults older than age 40 between 1990 and 2010. Researchers noted that improvements might have been greater if obesity and diabetes rates had not also increased. Read more at the Consumer Healthday article.