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An Increase in Heart Meds: Good or Bad?

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 1:33 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
RxWe associate heart disease with age. The older you are the more likely you are to suffer a heart attack or stroke. You’re also more likely to have high blood pressure or cholesterol. As such, it’s natural to assume that most of the people taking cardiovascular medications are older individuals. And right now, it’s true. The median age for women on cholesterol medication is 62; for men it’s 59.  However, that may not be the case for long. A study by Medco Health Solutions found that the number of 20 to 44-year-olds taking preventive heart disease medications is rising rapidly, more so than for 45 to 64-year-olds. More and more young adults are being prescribed these treatments, to the point that seniors could soon be the minority client base.  Is this good or bad?

On the one hand, it’s good. It’s a sign that people are paying attention to their health sooner rather than later. Doctors are screening younger patients for blood pressure and cholesterol, catching problems as they arise instead of after they’ve fully developed. Individuals are being made aware of health risks and are taking the steps necessary to prevent lifelong complications. America is becoming more health-conscious, which is a good thing . . . but then you look at the other side of the story. 

Why exactly do we need cholesterol and blood pressure medication at such a young age? Obesity. Inactivity. Poor Diet. The list goes on. Our habits are leading us into a world that requires pills to compensate for our mistakes. We have pushed our bodies so far that we have no other choice. If we want our hearts to continue beating or pumping blood properly, or to simply keep us alive, we need a doctor to sign a prescription. Meanwhile, if we had maintained a healthy lifestyle, that need would be less prominent. If we had exercised, eaten properly, managed our waistline or just paid attention to our bodies, we wouldn’t be in this position.  We wouldn’t have to be concerned that our hearts would turn against us long before we’re told our risk has reached its peak.

The increase in heart meds: good or bad? Both.

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