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US adults have hearts 7 years older than they should be!
February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about the rise of heart disease in all age categories, young and old.
Most US adults have a “heart age” older than their actual age, placing them at greater risk of stroke or heart attack.
In fact, younger adults from the age of 35 and up are often diagnosed with heart risks and inflammatory issues, so it’s no longer an older person’s concern.
One way to understand your risk for a heart attack or stroke is to learn your “heart age.”
Heart age is the age of your heart and blood vessels as a result of your risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Watch this video and figure out your own “heart age” by taking this quiz.
There may be other ways of looking at your risk for having a heart attack or stroke, but heart age is one way to help you understand cardiovascular anti-aging . You want a heart age that’s the same or younger than your actual age.
Data from the Framingham Heart Study and information collected from every US state details facts about 69 million US adults who haven’t had a heart attack or stroke. It shows they have a heart age that is 5 or more years older than their actual age!
This equals the population numbers of people living in 130 of the largest US cities combined. It equates to 1 in 2 men (and 2 in 5 women) having a heart age 5 or more years older than their actual age, with the average being 7 years older!
Some healthy heart goals are to (1) naturally maintain ideal blood pressure (less than 120/80) and lower your heart age with (2) plant-based foods, (3) daily exercise, (4) good sleep patterns and (5) nutritional supplements.
Time to Change these Statistics
Half of all Americans have at least 1 of the top 3 risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking). Here are some ways to be heart-healthy at any age.
4 Ways to Take Control of Your Heart Health
The steps you take now to help your heart can make a vast difference to your life span. You’re in the driver’s seat to heal and revitalize when it comes to your heart health.
Make heart-healthy eating changes. Eat food with a new perspective. Try to fill at least ⅔ of your plate with fruits and vegetables. This naturally helps reduce sodium and sugar. Learn more about how to reduce sodium.
Work with your health care team to manage conditions, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This includes taking any medications you’ve been prescribed. Learn more about preventing and managing high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Stay active. Get moving for at least 150 minutes per week. You can even break up 30 minutes into 10-minute blocks. Learn more about how to get more physical activity.
Nitric oxide is a vital molecule produced by your body that impacts heart, immune and brain health. It helps blood vessels maintain flexibility, promotes proper blood flow and may provide various health benefits, including (1) improved exercise performance, (2) lower blood pressure and (3) better brain function (1, 2, 3, 4).
Healthy Foods Appendix