With an ever increasing rate of cardiovascular disease among the general population, scientist have been concerned about finding a better way to identify them. Statistics show that 610,000 people die each year due to heart disease. Thus, a new method has been found to evaluate and discover cardiovascular disease in teens.
Research proves such diseases are preventable due to the fact that the primal factors are highly modifiable from one period to another. These factors include high blood pressure, a high level of cholesterol, alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, unhealthy diets, inactivity and diabetes.
However, apart from these factors that are preventable, scientists are still baffled by one’s genetic inheritance. Research concludes that there is a strong link between the genetics and the proneness towards cardiovascular disease.
In the light of this new discovery, doctors are now able to predict how a cardiovascular disease will evolve, simply by studying the patient’s habits from his early stages of life. By observing some physiological parameters such as blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat and cholesterol, doctors are now able to treat such conditions even in teen patients.
This method can now be applied in preventing early onsets of cardiovascular disease, thanks to research team led by Dr. Mark DeBoer, from the University of Virginia Department of Pediatrics and Matthew Gurka from the West University School of Public Health.
DeBoer refers to heart disease as a “dangerous killer” in the US and says that many of its onsets and symptoms can be preventing by simply encouraging the child to have a healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diets and lots of physical exercise.
He also says that children who are prone to obesity or heart disease, due to their genetic history, must undergo the test in order to evaluate and prevent any future symptoms.
When we take a look at the basic mechanism of this test, we can clearly see how our own habits from our earlier stages of life can affect health in the years to come. By having a healthy diet and by being physical active, we are able to prevent a myriad of disease associate with the heart.
The good news is that anyone can take this examination either by going to their physician or by taking the exam online. DeBoer is confident that his results will be taken into consideration by doctors from all corners of the country and will become a standard form of examination.
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