94% of Americans score at “poor” level on at least one of the 7 factors defining ideal cardiovascular health

More than 90% of Americans score poorly on at least one of the American Heart Association’s 7 factors defining ideal cardiovascular health.

The 7 factors (with lack of a diagnosis of heart or blood vessel disease) include:

- smoking status
- weight
- physical activity
- healthy diet
- cholesterol concentration
- blood pressure
- fasting glucose concentration

The new data by CDC and NIH show that 94% of US adults score at a “poor” level on at least one of those factors and that 38% have at least 3 factors at a poor level.



New Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines, 2013. Cleveland Clinic physicians, Dr. Rocco and Dr. Nissen answer questions about AHA/ACC Heart and Stroke Risk Factor Guidelines & what they mean for you on this spreecast video chat. (12/2013)

References:

US citizens score poorly on ratings of cardiovascular risk factors. BMJ 2012; 344 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e22 (Published 4 January 2012).

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