Preventing cardiovascular disease through Lifeline’s participation

The measurements from the most recent Lifelines research made it clear that more than 2,000 of the 50,000 participants showed symptoms that lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Think of high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

By linking the identified risk factors back to both the participant and the general practitioner, the risk of actually developing cardiovascular disease could be reduced. The evidence for this was provided by the increase in the use of preventive medication, such as antihypertensive drugs, among the participants with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Preventive effect of Lifelines

The preventive effect of the long-term Lifelines study in the prevention of cardiovascular disease naturally also contributes positively to the health of the participants. Often, the participants who were found to be at increased risk of these disorders appeared to have been unaware of this themselves before participating in Lifelines. These risk factors only came to light during the screening within the Lifelines study.

“A large number of Lifelines participants with a high risk of cardiovascular disease were previously not prescribed any blood pressure or cholesterol-lowering medication, when according to the guidelines they should. By treating risk factors, this is likely to reduce the number of people who actually develop cardiovascular disease. This will require further research ”, says physician and researcher Yldau van der Ende.

Valuable data

The Lifelines study to collect data on the risk of cardiovascular disease was conducted for the first time in 2006 in the Northern Netherlands. At the time, more than 167,000 participants took part, which resulted in a wealth of data. Right from the very beginning, the researchers’ expectation was that Lifelines would make participants aware of risk factors that could lead to health damage.

Because both the participant and the GP are aware of these risk factors, these participants can be treated earlier. Since 2019 Lifelines participants are invited for the third time to donate body materials (such as blood and urine) and to complete questionnaires. With this data, researchers can then set to work to contribute to healthier aging.

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