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Reported June 6, 2013

Lifestyle Factors and Heart Health

By Emily Farr, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – A multi-center study led by Johns Hopkins researchers has discovered a significant link between lifestyle factors and heart health, adding more evidence in support of regular exercise, eating a Mediterranean-style diet, keeping a normal weight, and not smoking.

Researchers observed more than 6200 men and women and were followed for an average of 7.6 years.  They found that adopting those four lifestyle behaviors reduced the chance of death from all causes by 80 percent, and protected against coronary heart disease as well as the early buildup of calcium deposits in heart arteries.  “Of all the lifestyle factors, we found that smoking avoidance played the largest role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and morality,” Roger Blumenthal, M.D., a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, director of the Ciccarone Center and senior author of the study, was quoted as saying.

“The most important thing to take away from this study is that all of these factors are things you can change,” Haitham Ahmed, M.D., M.P.H., the lead author who is an internal medicine resident with the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins, told Ivanhoe.

For more information, go to:  http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/evidence_mounts_that_four_lifestyle_changes_will_protect_your_heart_and_significantly_reduce_your_risk_of_death

SOURCE: American Journal of Epidemiology, June 2013

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