A new study has come up with seven most important measures that people can use to rate their heart health.
Those ways to ensure your heart health are managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting physically active, eating better, losing weight and stopping smoking.
‘Ensure your heart is in good health by managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting physically active, eating better, losing weight and stopping smoking.’
"Even though there is awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, many people do not act on those messages," said study senior author Vanessa Xanthakis from Boston University in the US.
The study followed as many as 3,201 participants for up to 12.3 years and a total of 188 participants suffered heart failure during the study period. The average age of the participants was 59 years. Researchers found that for each one-point higher cardiovascular health score on the American Heart Association's Life's Simple seven checklist for a healthy heart, there was a 23% percent lower risk of developing heart failure.
Xanthakis explained that, "This study points to the importance of knowing your numbers and speaking to your doctor about improving your score on each health metric and trying to get as close to ideal status as possible."
The study was published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure.