Study by Vancouver hospitals tracks heart disease in young adults

The rate of heart disease among younger people is not improving. That’s the finding in a new study by researchers, including some from Vancouver, published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Andrea MacPherson has more.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The rate of heart disease in younger people is not getting any better, says a new study.

Doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital conducted the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The study shows several key questions about heart disease, such as why it’s not declining and what can be done about screening and prevention.

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They found that the rates of risk factors, like obesity and high blood pressure, are increasing as well.

“We think that’s at least part of the story in terms of why we’re seeing more and more people who are developing heart disease in early adulthood,” says one doctor involved in the study.

The study includes data from over 12,000 young adults collected between 2000 and 2016.

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