A new CDC report says that people might have an older heart than their actual age. In fact, most people do. The CDC made available a heart age calculator online.
According to the calculations of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 3 out of 4 American adults exhibit an older heart, in an overall comparison to the rest of their bodies. Roughly, 69 million Americans, aged 30 to 74, seem to have older hearts than their actual age indicates.
The heart age was approximately calculated according to factors such as obesity, smoking, diabetes and hypertension. The CDC based their study on European clinical trials. Therefore, the people who were informed about their heart age and actually needed help and support concerning this issue decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Therefore, it could only be for the best that people, especially those who have the highest risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack, decided to take immediate action.
American southerners, including people living in states such as West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Alabama, scored the worst concerning their heart age. They had the oldest hearts, even though they haven’t had a heart attack or stroke before they were evaluated. Researchers also discovered that an adult American woman’s heart is about 5 years older, in comparison to adult men, whose heart seems to be 8 years older.
Moreover, African-Americans display an 11-year gap in between their actual age and heart age.
Health experts urged states nationwide, and local health departments, to provide people with healthier living environments, that would be based on tobacco-free area and safe places for people to take a stroll whenever they wanted to. Healthier food options should also be made available, more accessible.
The “Million Hearts” campaign’s aim is to prevent 1 million strokes and heart attacks by 2017. The campaign was initiated by the CDC in 2012.
Taking into account all the factors, it’s a good things that, nowadays, people have access to drugs that control blood pressure and those that are used for lower cholesterol levels.
The scientific team finally pointed out the older the individual, the bigger the gap in between heart age and the individual’s actual age.
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