The new Vital Signs report was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is the first study to illustrate differences in heart age across the US at a population level.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s study, every 3 out of 4 American adults have an older heart than their age.

The CDC experts figured out each subject’s heart age by examining their chronological age, their body mass index (or BDI), as well as analyzing several risk factors that usually make people more vulnerable to suffering strokes and heart attacks – diabetes status, high blood pressure levels and smoking status. If the man also reduces his systolic blood pressure to 120 milligrams of mercury, he lowers his heart age by 19 years.

The CDC estimates that just 30 percent of Americans are young at heart, with heart ages the same or lower than their chronological age.

The CDC gave recommendations on how to lower heart age, such as maintaining an ideal blood pressure less than 120/80 and reducing the risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

The American Heart Association shared that almost 800,000 Americans lose their lives from heart-related condition every year.

For one thing, stop smoking and get your high blood pressure under control.

‘Everyone deserves to be young at heart, ‘ he adds, ‘or at least not old at heart’. Adults in the Southern U.S. typically have higher heart ages. The heart’s age is calculated after profiling risk factors that affect the health of the cardiovascular system. Visit millionhearts.hhs.gov to learn about Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

The finding that most Americans have “older” hearts is not, perhaps, surprising, but it is troubling.

You can calculate your heart age by using the Framingham Heart Study predictor.

Although heart age exceeds chronological age for all racial and ethnic groups, it is highest among African-American men and women, whose heart age is 11 years older for both genders.

“Your heart may be older than you are”, CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and serious illness in the United States.

The good news if you’re heart is a *little* older than expected, is that you can still turn back the clock.

The Associated Press reports that each year, one in four U.S. deaths is due to heart disease.

“Use of predicted heart age might simplify risk communication and motivate more persons to live heart-healthy lifestyles and better comply with recommended therapeutic interventions, and motivate communities to implement programs and policies that support cardiovascular health”.

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