Most Americans have an older “heart age” than their actual age. If you are not familiar with the term “heart age,” it is the age of your heart and blood vessels due to other risk factors for heart attack or stroke. Some elements are genetic or age-related, but others are totally within your control. The age is calculated based on things like age, blood pressure, cholesterol, diet, body fat, physical activity, and smoking status, to name a few. At any age, you can make your heart younger by adopting a healthier lifestyle and making just a few changes! Read on to learn more about what makes your heart older and what you can do to turn the clock backward.
40. The Center for Disease Control says heart age varies by age, location, and even race.
Half of adult men and twenty percent of adult women in the United States have a heart that is five years older than their actual age. For black people, the age difference can go up to eleven years. That may, in part, be because black people face significantly higher rates of hypertension than white people (via Cleveland Clinic). Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Alabama are the five states with the highest percentage of adults aged 30 – 74 with heart ages five or more years older than their actual age. The states with the lowest heart ages are Utah, Colorado, California, Massachusetts, and Hawaii (via CDC).