Most of us like to or actually feel younger than we really are. We usually talk about how we feel on the inside. We think that our brains are younger, that we think younger than we are and that our hearts beat as fast as they did when we were 10. But a new study shows that our hearts are actually older than we are and while some people might just be 20 years old, their hearts beat like 40s or even 60s.
The CDC gave insight concerning this knowledge via their new heart age study. It was confirmed that the average heart age of men and women in America can be a lot higher than anticipated. Women’s hearts are usually 5.4 years older than their actual chronological age, while men’s hearts tend to be 8 years older. It is a sign that we grow older faster and our heart needs to put more effort into keeping us alive.
Heart age is not exactly something that people relate to or accept. The concept was developed by health professionals from the public sector who are undergoing research in the Farmingham Heart Study. What is it good for? It helps people understand their chances of experiencing a heart attack, a stroke, chest pain, any heart issue that they might ever encounter.
The concept is right in between actual science and placebo. A clinical trial from Europe has determined that, after having being acquainted with their hearts’ health, patients were more interested in knowing how they can improve the longevity of their hearts. Those who were told that they just have a heart risk did not show much interest. So it is safe to assume that further investigations must be carried on.
The study is proving its effectiveness by comparing groups of people who were informed about their exact heart age and those who just knew that they were at risk. The former group managed to improve their heart age by 1.5 years while the latter registered an improvement of only 0.3 years.
The study was very wide, having been conducted on approximately 236.000 men and 342.500 women, aged in between 30 and 74 and who did not experience any heart issue before the study occurred. The study concluded that the average heart age was considerably higher than the chronological age for both sexes and older people had higher gaps in between their age and their hearts’ age.
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