Cardiovascular Health Among an Underserved Population: Clinical Implications.
Despite general efforts to reduce risk factors in cardiovascular disease in the United States over the previous decade, disparities in cardiovascular care remain more prevalent in the underserved population. Recent focus has shifted from treatment of disease to promotion of health. The impact goals for 2020 are improvement in 7 health metrics (smoking status, body mass index, physical activity, healthy dietary score, total cholesterol, blood pressure, and fasting plasma glucose) of cardiovascular health and reduction of cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%. Identification of those at high risk for poor cardiovascular health in adulthood should begin during early adolescence.
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