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American Heart Association Recommendations Help Maintain Good Heart Health

According to a new study it was found that maintaining a better cardiovascular health over a longer period of time can help in lowering cardiovascular disease risk in future.

The American Heart Association or AHA has put forward a set of factors which will help in the prediction of heart health and its protection and has been called Life’s Simple 7. It contains four modifiable behaviors which can be done or practiced for lowering the risk of getting heart diseases. They include quitting smoking, healthy eating, healthy weight maintenance and to become physically active. Three measures are also included by the AHA. They are blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. The AHA suggest that by keeping these three measures under control and by following the above mentioned four behaviors, the risk of  CVD (cardiovascular diseases) or stoke can be reduced. These metrics and behaviors would be assessed and would be graded as poor, intermediate and ideal.

Associate professor of nutritional sciences and the director at the Nutritional Epidemiology Lab at Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Xiang Gao, said that only 2% of the US people and of other nations meet all requirements of seven factors. About 74,701 people from China were examined by Dr. Gao and his team. The participants answered questions based on their health and clinical tests were conducted thrice between the years 2006 to 2010. The researchers had identified five different heart patterns followed by the participants between the years 2006–2010. Over a period of four years about 19% people were successful in maintaining better cardiovascular score. It was found that there was 79% lesser chance of heart diseases in people compared to those whose cardiovascular score was low.

The same results were obtained for heart attack and stroke. Dr. Gao said that overall heart health is very important and the seven factors are valid parameters and can prove helpful for finding out a strategy for the prevention of CVD.