NEW YORK (AP) – A new government report suggests that for most Americans, your heart is older than the rest of you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report takes a new approach to try to spur more Americans to take steps to prevent cardiovascular disease.
CDC scientists estimated the average “heart age” of men and women in every state, based on risk factors like blood pressure, weight, and whether they smoke or have diabetes. Then it compared the numbers to average actual ages.
According to CDC calculations, nearly three out of four U.S. adults have a heart that’s older than their actual age. CDC officials released the report Tuesday.