MORE than 2.5 million baby boomers are likely to have a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke in the next five years because they refuse to lose weight, exercise or take blood pressure medication.
A report, released today by Access Economics, found more than three-quarters of people over 55 were inactive and overweight, more than half had hypertension and high cholesterol and a quarter had diabetes – all risk factors for heart attack and stroke.
But most were not aware they were in danger or refused to get treatment, believing they would always be healthy, a cardiologist and vascular physician at Liverpool Hospital, Greg Conner, said yesterday.
“We are seeing an unprecedented level of heart attack and stroke risk within the ageing community, a group we are now calling Generation Risk,” Dr Conner said.
”These are people who have always enjoyed good health, but they are living longer now and the older we get, the more risk factors we have.”
Just a little happy news to brighten your otherwise-miserable day.