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Heart Disease: #1 Killer Worldwide

New research published in the May 17 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicates that roughly a third of all global deaths are the result of heart disease and stroke: cardiovascular disease is currently the number one killer around the world.

Gregory Roth, the study’s lead author and assistant professor of cardiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, notes that the statistics present “an alarming threat to global health…trends in cardiovascular disease mortality are no longer declining for high-income regions, and low- and middle-income countries are also seeing more cardiovascular disease related deaths.”

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Non-O Blood Types: Higher Heart Attack Risk?

Research suggests that those people with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of cardiovascular disease: specifically, heart attack and stroke.

The research analyzed studies involving 1.3 million people; the data was presented at the European Society of Cardiology. The data found that 15 in1,000 people with a non-O blood group suffered a heart attack, compared to 14in 1,000 people with the O blood group. While the increase seems small, ‘when applied to a whole population the numbers become more important.’

Scientists suggest that these findings can be attributed to the fact that people with A, B, and AB blood have higher levels of a blood-clotting protein. Previous research has found that people with AB blood, the rarest type, are 23%more likely to suffer heart disease—the most vulnerable population.

Notwithstanding the findings, most cardiologists and physicians agree that a person’s risk estimation for cardiovascular disease is primarily determined by age, genetics, and other modifiable factors including nutrition and diet, and level of physical activity.