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The Relationship Between Lifestyle Choices and Cardiovascular Health

Results from a recent study suggest that lifestyle may play a stronger role than genetics when it comes to heart health.

Lifestyle Choices Made in Your 20s Can Impact Your Heart Health in Your 40s

ScienceDaily (Mar. 2, 2012) — Maintaining a healthy lifestyle from young adulthood into your 40s is strongly associated with low cardiovascular disease risk in middle age, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

“The problem is few adults can maintain ideal cardiovascular health factors as they age,” said Kiang Liu, first author of the study. “Many middle-aged adults develop unhealthy diets, gain weight and aren’t as physically active. Such lifestyles, of course, lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and elevated cardiovascular risk.”

Liu is a professor and the associate chair for research in the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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