The words “coronary artery disease” immediately make us think of people in their 60s, 70s, and beyond. We hardly think about heart disease in young adults. But young adult hearts need attention and care… at a time of life when most of us take healthy hearts and unclogged arteries for granted.
A 30-year population study shows clearly that what we do in our early adult life will impact our health later in life, said lead author Jeffrey Carr, M.D., M.Sc., Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The study, released online and published in April in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology, began in 1985 by the National Institutes of Health to look at factors of everyday life including diet and physical activity that could determine why some people have and die of heart disease. The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults or “CARDIA” started with 5,115 black and white adults age 18-30 recruited from four cities: Birmingham, Alabama; Chicago; Oakland, California; and Minneapolis.