How Old Are Your Parents?
FEBRUARY 01, 2003
Adults with at least 1 parent who lived to be at least 100 years of age have a much lower incidence of heart disease and fewer major heart risk factors than adults whose parents died in their 70s, according to a November 2002 American Heart Association study.
The average life expectancy for someone who makes it to age 20 is 73. So the study focused on 2 groups of adults at or close to 70. In the control group, all parents of the members died in their 70s. Those in the study group had a parent who lived past 100 years old. The study found that only 26% of those in the study group had high blood pressure, compared with 52% in the control group. For heart disease, the figures were 13% versus 27%.
AF Risk Increases with More Pregnancies
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.