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Your heart is a lot older than your real age...

by , 04 September 2015

The age on your birth certificate may say one thing, but the age of your heart is likely significantly older, according to a new report that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this week.

The report explained that 3 in 4 Americans have a predicted heart age that's older than their real age, which means they're at a greater risk for heart issues, like strokes and heart attacks. How old is your heart?

What the age of your heart is based on

The age of your heart is based on risk factors including:
 

US researchers set out to analyse the heart age of millions of Americans

For the study, researchers analysed data collected from every US state. They estimated that 69 million American adults had a heart age older than their actual age. For men, the average heart age was eight years older than their chronological age. For women, the average heart age was five years older than their real age.

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Researchers noted that heart age was highest among black men and women. They also reported that Southern adults had notably higher heart ages overall.
 
What the age of your heart means
The study authors say that your heart age is a simple way to convey heart disease risk to their patients. One that may motivate Americans to adopt heart-healthy lifestyle changes. 
 

Tips to keep your heart young

  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t consume excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Avoid consuming trans- and saturated fats
  • Exercise regularly

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