Heart Health: What is Heart Age?

Author: Courtney Conner MS, RD, LD 

Posted: January 3, 2022

 

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The CDC has created a tool called “heart age” to help people determine their actual age compared to their heart age. Heart age is determined by many risk factors and lifestyle behaviors that determine risk for heart attack or stroke. The CDC states that many Americans have a heart age that is a lot higher than their actual age due to factors that increase risk for heart disease.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

Some risk factors cannot be changed, such as sex, age, and family history. For example, men and African Americans are more likely to have risk factors that increase heart age. However, there are many risk factors that can be changed with lifestyles changes. These include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, unhealthy diet, diabetes, and physical inactivity. At any age, you can decrease your heart age by making changes that reduce your risk.

In addition to these risk factors are also unhealthy behaviors that increase heart age. An unhealthy diet is one of the most influential risks for increased heart age, but also one of the easiest things to change by making lifestyle changes. Unhealthy diet behaviors include eating processed foods, fast foods, foods high in fat and/or sugar, foods high in saturated fats, and foods high in cholesterol. To decrease heart age and improve heart health try to eat more of the following foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats/fish. Focusing on foods low in fat, high in fiber, and low in cholesterol is extremely important for heart health.

More lifestyle change strategies for a younger heart age include controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet low in fat and sodium, exercising at least 150 minutes every week, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Heart Age vs. Actual Age

A 45-year-old male has high blood pressure, smokes, and has diabetes has a heart age of 75 years, because of the various high-risk factors he has. If he didn’t have high blood pressure, didn’t smoke, and had good glucose control, his heart age would be closer to his actual age. The importance of these lifestyle factors can be easily seen in this example. The CDC states that 1in 2 men and 2 in 5 women have a heart age 5 or more years older than their actual age. In addition, 3 in 4 heart attacks and strokes are due to risk factors that increase heart age. 

CardioSupport Supplement for Heart Health

Our CardioSupport supplement works by helping prevent heart disease and therefore decreasing heart age. This supplement is unique because it uses natural ingredients to support widen blood vessels and increase blood flow to improve blood pressure. It also reduces stress related proteins and inflammation, which helps to support energy levels. People age 35-65 years old, especially those with higher heart age’s, should add CardioSupport to a healthy lifestyle to help prevent heart disease, leading to heart attacks and strokes.

To determine your heart age, please visit this website by clicking here

 

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/any_age.htm


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