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Americans Fall Short of Ideal Heart Health

A new study found that only one out of nearly 2,000 middle-aged Americans was in “ideal heart health” as defined by the American Heart Association (AHA). Ideal heart health, by AHA standards, consists of a seven-item checklist which includes being physically active, not smoking, having a healthy weight and diet, and staying below certain thresholds for blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Not meeting even one of those goals is considered a risk factor for developing heart disease, the leading killer worldwide.

Reuters reports:

“Today, a third of all U.S. deaths are due to heart disease, so judging from the latest findings it might take a lot of work to reach AHA's goal ... More than 80 percent of study participants were overweight or obese, while 61 percent weren't eating enough heart-healthy foods.”

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