(HealthDay News) – In 2009–2010, almost half of US adults ≥age 20 had at least one of three major risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Cheryl D. Fryar, MSPH, from the NCHS in Hyattsville, MD, and colleagues used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to present the most recent trends for three CVD risk factors: uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and current cigarette smoking among adults aged ≥20 years.

The researchers found that, in 2009–2010, approximately 47% of adults had one or more of these three risk factors for CVD, with men more likely than women to have at least one risk factor. There was a decrease noted, from 1999–2000 to 2009–2010, in the percentage of non-Hispanic white and Mexican-American adults who had at least one of these three risk factors. Among non-Hispanic black adults this decrease was not observed. From 1999–2000 to 2009–2010 there was a decrease in the prevalence of uncontrolled high blood pressure and high LDL-C, but there was no significant change in the percentage of adults who smoked cigarettes.

“These findings may provide useful information for monitoring the US adult population for risk factors that could lead to CVD,” the authors write.

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