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7 Steps for a Healthy Heart

From Diet to Exercise to Cholesterol, AHA Identifies 7 Factors for Cardiovascular Health

Longer, Healthier Lives

David M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, lead author of the special report, says in the news release that people who take steps to improve cardiovascular health can help reduce the financial burden of the Medicare-eligible population.

Lloyd-Jones, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, says that by reaching the masses with the new AHA message, “we could change American health for the better for decades to come.”

That’s especially true if the message gets out to people at middle age and younger, he says.

Genetics plays a role in cardiovascular health, but people should do all they can, says Lloyd-Jones, and the first step can be knowing and understanding measures that are important for heart health.

“Essentially, everyone is a candidate to take at least one step forward in these metrics, from poor to intermediate or intermediate to ideal, to move a substantial portion of the population and have a real impact on cardiovascular health,” he says.

Yancy, who is medical director of the Baylor Hearth and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, says the Life’s Simple 7 plan could have a profound impact on health and lead to longer, healthier lives.

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