Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How Old Is Your Heart?

On average, if you live in Colorado, your heart is 4.6 years older than you are.

Heart age provides a new way of framing risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), potentially simplifying communication about CVD risk and facilitating opportunities for healthy lifestyle changes and enhanced adherence to treatment recommendations.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Vital Signs report on “Predicted Heart Age (HA) and Racial Disparities in Heart Age among U.S. Adults at the State Level.”

This CDC Vital Signs report shows that for most Americans, their heart age is much higher than their actual age, particularly for men and African Americans. There are also geographic differences in average heart age across states. While Colorado has one of the lowest differences between actual age and heart age, about 35% of Coloradans have heart ages more than five years older than their actual age.

View the report HERE.

What you can do:
  • Learn your heart age and how to improve it.
  • Start by choosing a risk factor or two that you're ready to change, like smoking or high blood pressure, and focus on improving them first.
  • Work with your doctor to make heart healthy choices for a lower heart age.
  • Take action at any age to lower your heart age and keep it low over time.

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