Nearly 78% of all adults over 30 in Britain are at risk of heart disease. It appears that their hearts are hearts are theoretically older than their bodies due to overworking. Up to 14% of that same group deals with a heart that is functionally 10 years older than the body that it resides in. The English health agency PHE, or Public Health England held a study in which 1.9 million English citizens were tested and studied through a free heart health screening.
Currently 84,000 English citizens are dying from heart disease every year and the risk of death and disease is consistently growing, “millions are at risk of cardiovascular disease but don’t know it, putting themselves at real risk of suffering ill health or dying younger,” said Jamie Waterall, national lead for cardiovascular disease at PHE, and continued with, “knowing your heart age is a simple way of finding out whether you’re at risk of a heart attack or stroke. By making important lifestyle changes you can reduce your risk before it’s too late.”
A very stagnant lifestyle can be to blame for this health crisis, as people are becoming less and less active the heart has to work much harder to pump blood throughout the body. It is believed that a more sedentary lifestyle has led to up to 50 preventable deaths each day. Dr. Hilary Jones, a well-known television physician, weighed in, “with 50 preventable deaths every day of people under the age of 75, this is serious. It’s vital that people know their heart health and take steps to reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack.”
“As well as obesity, poor diet and a lack of exercise, high blood pressure is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but these are all things that people can change, and they can change them now.”
These statistics were all found in British studies so it is fair to assume that the results would be relatively similar in America. Much of the developed, western world has heart health on the decline. This crisis may only continue to get worse as time goes on.