Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a bulletin recently which states that the age of our hearts is mostly older than our age. Aspects like biological age, systolic blood pressure, and blood pressure treatment status, smoke status, BMI and others were taken into account by CDC to deduce heart age.
However, the final result of heart age being older than the biological age in most people has come to an awful conclusion as heart plays a significant role in the life maintenance. Titled ‘Most Americans’ hearts are older than their age’, the bulletin for sure points towards the higher possibility of cardiovascular diseases and strokes in this generation.
The disparity between the biological and heart age depends on various factors and varies not only with gender and race but also financial stance and education.
The volume by CDC has also elaborated on how the differences vary according to different factors.
The disproportion in age is higher in men than women. While the heart is 5 years older in women, the number jumps to 8 years in men. When it comes to race the heart age of Hispanics and African Americans is higher than that of whites.
As already mentioned, blood pressure plays a crucial role in determining the heart age. Increased BP above 140mm Hg upsurges the heart age in men by about 20 years and by 18 years in women.
The main inferences of CDC study are published in Vital Signs. The shocking inferences state that one in two men have heart age five years or more than their actual age whereas the human statistics is two in five for women. The risk factors which increase the heart age are also responsible for about 75 % heart strokes.
The study has given straightforward recommendations to follow. Since the factors which govern the heart age are blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and others, one can make the heart younger by slight changes. CDS has suggested a tap on cholesterol, nutritious food and systematic physical activity.
The good news is that by keeping the heart younger one also brings down the risk of cancer. The possibility to prevent the cardio attacks is not grim even for those who have it in genetics as the risk can be significantly lowered by following the aforementioned steps even by these patients.
Though death is inevitable but these measures go a long way to make the life a better one.