3 Simple Steps Could Save 94 Million Lives Worldwide

Doing three relatively easy things could help save 94.3 million people around the world from premature deaths caused by cardiovascular disease, new research suggests.

Those lives could be saved over a quarter-century span by scaling up treatment of high blood pressure, reducing sodium intake and eliminating artificial trans fat, according to a study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“We asked, what should we focus our resources on if we wanted to achieve the largest gains in mortality in the next 25 years, and it seems like the combination of these three interventions had the biggest potential impact and, also, feasibility,” said Goodarz Danaei, the study’s senior author.

Boosting treatment of high blood pressure to 70% could lengthen the lives of 39.4 million people, according to the study’s estimates. Cutting sodium intake by 30% would delay an additional