Prevention Activities Could Increase Lifespan of U.S. Adults

Monday, July 7th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Aggressive use of nationally recommended clinical prevention activities could increase life expectancy for U.S. adults by reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a joint report of three major national healthcare organizations: the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society. Using a sophisticated mathematical model called Archimedes, senior scientists from the organizations evaluated the impact of 11 widely recognized, tailored clinical preventive services for reducing CVD, such as smoking cessation, preventive aspirin therapy, cholesterol-lowering medications and weight reduction.

  • Using these CVD clinical preventive measures to their fullest potential could add about 220 million life-years over the next 30 years, or an average of 1.3 years of life expectancy for each adult in the U.S.
  • If every individual achieved 100 percent adherence with all the clinical prevention activities for which they are candidates, then heart attacks would decrease about 63 percent and strokes about 31 percent in the next three decades.

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