Is Your Heart Aging Faster Than The Rest Of You?

There may be a heart risk circling the western world, a risk that could find its way to almost anyone. With increasingly sedentary lives people are beginning to find shorter lives and weaker hearts. This is becoming apparent through studies being done in England with huge sample sizes.

HEART HEALTH ON THE DECLINE

Nearly 78% of all adults over 30 in Britain are at risk of heart disease due to hearts that are older than their age. Even more shockingly 14% of that same group have hearts that are at least 10 years older than them in terms of functional use.

"Millions are at risk of cardiovascular disease but don't know it, putting themselves at real risk of suffering ill health or dying younger," said Jamie Waterall, national lead for cardiovascular disease at PHE. Waterall continued: "Knowing your heart age is a simple way of finding out whether you're at risk of a heart attack or stroke. By making important lifestyle changes you can reduce your risk before it's too late."

COMMON CAUSES OF HEART AGING

Many people place blame on poor diet and exercise and this leads many to believe that these deaths are preventable with better habits in place. It is believed that a more sedentary lifestyle has led to up to 50 preventable deaths each day. Dr. Hilary Jones, a well-known television physician, weighed in, "with 50 preventable deaths every day of people under the age of 75, this is serious. It's vital that people know their heart health and take steps to reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack."

"As well as obesity, poor diet and a lack of exercise," says Dr. Jones, "high blood pressure is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but these are all things that people can change, and they can change them now."

These statistics were all found in British studies so it is fair to assume that the results would be relatively similar in America.