October 6th, 2015 | Leave a comment by   in Heart & Vascular, Men's Health, Wellness & Prevention, Women's Health

Do You Know Your ‘Heart Age’?


There’s another important number to consider when evaluating your health: Your "heart age." If your heart age is at, or less than, your actual age, your risk factors for heart disease are average or below average.  But 40 percent of Americans have a heart age that is greater than their real age by five or more years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found. This new study is the first of its kind, reviewing more than a half-million adults between the ages of 30 and 74 who took part in the landmark Framingham Heart Study, a project initiated decades ago that has helped identify the top risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The results of the “heart age” study found that, overall, the average heart age for adult non-Hispanic white males and females was 7.8 and 5.4 years older than their chronological age, respectively. When broken down by ethnicity, African-Americans had the oldest hearts, followed by Hispanics. On average, the hearts of...

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