Premature Death Due To Heart Disease In Teens
Teens and adolescents in the United States are more likely to die in an early age due to cardiovascular problems. A new study takes into consideration adolescent cardiovascular health which reveals a dismal picture. This research was done at Northwestern Medicine where Donald Lloyd – Jones, MD chair and associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, describes the future for teens are bleak.
The study of teens and their cardiovascular health was presented last November 16, 2011 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida. The results were terrible with an increase in cardiovascular mortality rates in younger adults ages 35 – 44 particularly in women.
Health profiles of 5, 547 children and adolescent from age 12 to 19 were taken and revealed high sugar levels, obesity, incidence of overweight, unhealthy diet, no physical activity and smoking. Lloyd – Jones further added that cardiovascular illnesses are a lifelong process but starts as unhealthy habits and a sedentary lifestyle when individuals were young. This study therefore calls for a need to totally change eating, exercise and lifestyle for young adults. There must be something concrete done at home where unhealthy habits are formed and in school where different cultures and ideals meet. Children especially adolescents and teens must have access to community education, exercise facilities and school programs regarding cardiovascular health. This may be a big societal problem to address but surely with the right management plan, teens will start living healthier and improving their chances in life.
Only with a healthy food choice, a more active lifestyle and a better outlook in life can the future for teens be reversed. Cardiovascular problems are preventable when you start early. This research was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
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