How Old is Your Heart?
This study published by the U.S. CDC on January 5, 2021, confirms previous findings that few adults meet ideal cardiovascular health metrics, such as not smoking, having normal body mass index, being physically active, eating a healthy diet, and having normal levels of total cholesterol and blood pressure.
This behavior results in excess heart age ≥5 years.
In this study, the prevalence of excess heart age ≥5 years was higher among the following groups: men, cancer survivors with lower income and lower educational attainment, and non-Hispanic Black cancer survivors, particularly women.
The findings indicate that wellness plans for all cancer survivors, particularly the most affected groups, should focus on cardiovascular risk. As cancer survivors live longer, more attention can be focused on modifiable risk factors that affect cancer and CVD.