Life’s Simple 7 Measures For Healthy Heart

January 21, 2010

The American Heart Association (AHA) has for the first time defined “ideal cardiovascular health” and linked it to seven simple measures (“Life’s Simple 7″) that people can influence through diet and lifestyle changes to move from poor and intermediate to ideal health.

Details of the seven health factors and lifestyle behaviors were published online before print on 20 January in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association in an AHA scientific statement about the new goals for defining and setting national goals for cardivascular health and disease prevention.

Lead author Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said that improvements in the seven health factors and lifestyle behaviors can greatly affect quality of life and life span, as well as dramatically reduce the financial burden of the Medicare-eligible population…more