Study cites rising heart attack risk with age

Dec 01, 2010

Individuals tend to face a greater heart attack risk as they age.

Recent data compiled by one of the country's leading polling organizations is offering more insight into an individual's risk for a heart attack as he or she gets older.

In a recent announcement, Gallup noted that more than 10 percent of adults above the age of 67 have had a heart attack, along with more than 15 percent of those 81 or older. The risk for heart attack begins to rise from virtually zero percent starting in one's late 30s and early 40s.

As they get older, men tend to find themselves facing a substantially higher risk for a heart attack then women do. Of course, this will also vary depending on an individual's long-term health trends and other factors like diet and exercise.

According to Gallup, men are more than twice as likely as women to have had a heart attack starting in their late 60s and beyond. Out of more than 707,000 interviews conducted for this data, 5.7 percent of men and 3.6 percent of women acknowledged having had a heart attack at some point.

With heart attacks and other cardiac events affecting millions of Americans each year, a life insurance policy can be an important investment to make for one's family.

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