CHOLESTEROL AND HEART DISEASE IN THE ELDERLY

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CHOLESTEROL AND HEART DISEASE IN THE ELDERLY

CHOLESTEROL AND HEART DISEASE IN THE ELDERLY

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The elderly population has been identified as the fastest growing segment in the American population.  It is estimated that by 2010, the elderly will comprise more than 60 percent of the American population. However, they are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease and it has been suggested that unless there are efforts to curb the rising case of coronary heart diseases among the elderly, United States may experiences a higher mortality rate in the elderly population. Cholesterol and heart diseases is becoming the leading killer in the 21st century.  The increase rate of obesity in the world has come with adverse coronary related diseases and increase in the level of cholesterol in the body has been shown as one of the leading factor for increased cases of coronary heart diseases.   While the rate of heart diseases has increased uniformly in the population, the elderly generation is at an increased risk due to a combination of different factors. Research has shown that  high levels of body cholesterol is associated with increase risk of coronary heart disease  more in the elderly  population as compared to the other population. Cholesterol and coronary heart diseases is one of the health risk factors in the elderly population.