Northwestern Hospital cardiologist Dr. Mark Huffman tells us new findings in their study on cardiovascular health.
With heart disease being the number one killer among Americans, it’s important to know the lifetime risks for developing heart failure. Northwestern Hospital’s study on risk factors for heart failure among white and black Americans reveals surprising information. The study also reveals seven health behaviors to evaluating cardiovascular health.
Risk Factors for Heart Failure Study
The heart failure study, focused on white and black Americans, showed that heart failure risks are higher than previous estimates. The risk for heart failure in white men are higher than those for black men. Also, heart failure among white and black women are comprehensively similar. Diseases such as cancers, HIV, and trauma are reported higher in black men as compared to white men.
The study also found that those who've had heart attacks have a higher risk of heart failure across all race and sex groups. In relation, having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high glucose levels or a high body mass index (BMI) heightens the chance of heart failure.
The American Heart Association defines cardiovascular health through a collection of seven health behaviors and health factors it calls "7 Simple Metrics to Evaluating Cardiovascular Health."
The Simple 7 Metrics to Evaluating Cardiovascular Health
- Tobacco use
- Healthy diet
- Physical activity
- Body weight
- Blood glucose
- Blood pressure
- Blood cholesterol
The American Heart Association can help you evaluate your cardiovascular health and personalize a plan to improve it.