Calculating a heathier heart in 2016

Calculating a heathier heart in 2016

(Reuters Health) – Adults who score well on the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Life’s Simple 7 checklist are less likely than others to develop heart failure, according to a new study.

The AHA checklist and calculator (available here: bit.ly/1QIE5cO) was developed to educate the public on lifestyle habits that can improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. According to the new results, they may also reduce the risk of heart failure, a long-term condition in which the heart fails to pump enough blood to the rest of the body.

Life’s Simple 7 includes managing blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting physically active, eating healthy, losing weight and not smoking. Adherence to these seven strategies is calculated for an overall score of one to 10. Read the full story on Huffington Post …