Cardiovascular Disease in Elders: Is It Inevitable?

Barbara Riegel, Jill A. Bennett

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Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death and disability in America. The burden of cardiovascular disease is higher in elders than in younger populations, presumably because of life-long exposure to risk factors such as hypertension, smoking, abnormal blood lipids, lack of exercise, and/or obesity. Many assume that it is too late to attempt to modify risk factors in elders because behavior is so difficult to change. The purpose of this article is to argue that cardiovascular risk factor modification is effective in elders and should be vigorously pursued for the good of individuals, families, communities, and societies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-111
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adult Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Elders
  • Exercise
  • Hypertension
  • Lipids
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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