Prioritizing your heart health at any age

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death worldwide, accounting for approximately 32% of the world's deaths. Even though it affects so many people, it may be easy to think that you're not at risk. 

Cardiovascular disease is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels and it includes heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and arrhythmia. CVD events affect individuals across every age group, ethnicity and gender, although they are most prominent amongst the elderly population.

Studies have found over time heart-incident related hospitalizations have increased for younger populations, especially those with a history of hypertension and/or diabetes.

For men, the risk of CVD starts to climb at around 45 years. About 1 out of every 100 men develop signs of heart disease around age 45, with the risk doubling to about 2 out of every 100 by age 55. For women, there is a similar rising trend that begins about 10 years later than men.

So what can be done to lessen the risk of CVD? It's never too late to start making positive steps towards your heart health. Risk factors such as smoking, cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, and physical inactivity can all be influenced by lifestyle changes, and it's never too late, or too early, to start.

CDC, Mortality in the United States, 2020

Improve your heart health with a personalized prescription for exercise 

PAI (Personalized Activity Intelligence) is a science-backed metric that has been validated in many peer-reviewed published studies. Studies have been conducted using health data from diverse populations of relatively healthy individuals as well as those with preexisting CVD risk factors, and study findings revealed that those who maintain 100 PAI or more were associated with an average 25% lower risk of CVD mortality and an average of 36% lower risk for those with CVD risk factors.

Regularly exercising also has benefits beyond lowering the risk of CVD mortality, including better sleep, less stress, increased health resiliency.

Heart health is a priority at any age, and you can start improving it today with gradual lifestyle changes. Any movement counts — as long as you are raising your heart rate through physical activity on a regular basis, you'll be well on your way to making positive improvements for your long term health.

‍The PAI Health app is free to use and works with poplar wearable devices such as Fitbit and Apple Watch.

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