Most Americans Have Older Hearts, Study Reveals

Posted: Sep 2 2015, 3:24am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Most Americans have Older Hearts, Study Reveals
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The latest CDC study suggests that every three out of four U.S. adults have older heart than their actual age

You might have not heard anything like heart getting older than a person’s real age. But a new study suggests that hearts of U.S. adults are aging faster than their chronological age.

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. On average American men have hearts that are 7.8 years older than their actual age while women have 5.4 years older heart.

The age of the heart has been determined by calculating people’s actual age, weight and risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes.

The data is collected from all across the United States and it was found that nearly 69 million U.S. adults aged from 30 to 74 have older hearts, which is a huge number indeed. The aging heart means that a person is at a high risk of heart attack and stroke.

“Too many U.S adults have a heart age years older than real age, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke,” said Tom Frieden, director of CDC. “Everybody deserves to be young – or at least not old- at heart.”

Heart attack is one of the leading causes of death in United States and it kills more than 80,000 people every year. But study suggests that people can slow down the aging process and can prevent themselves from strokes and heart disease. All they need is to work on improving their heart health. They need to quit unhealthy habits like smoking cigarettes and taking unhealthy food option. They need to control their blood pressure levels, take proper medication and exercise regularly.

“Because so many U.S adults don’t understand their cardiovascular disease risk, they are missing out on early opportunities to prevent future heart attacks or strokes,” said Barbara Bowman, director of CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. “About three in four heart attacks and strokes are due to risk factors that increase heart age, so it’s important to continue focusing on efforts to improve heart health and increase access to early and affordable detection and treatment sources nationwide.”

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