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
“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.