Baby Boomers Won’t Escape Heart Problems, No Matter How Fit They Are

CHICAGO (November 5, 2012)--New research finds that even many healthy baby boomers will get heart disease as they get old, but the good news is that will happen much later in life for them than for their less healthy peers.

The findings are from an analysis of five major studies involving nearly 50,000 people aged 45 and older.

Among 55-year-olds who don't have heart risks such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, at least 1 in 3 will develop heart-related problems by the time they are in their 80s or 90s, but that's about seven years later than for those who have at least two of those risk factors.

The findings were published online Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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