By Dr. Mercola

Close to 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases combined, making heart disease the leading cause of death in the US. An estimated 920,000 Americans will have a heart attack each year as well, with half of them occurring suddenly without any warning signs.1
The notion that you could be going along with your life one day, struck with a heart attack and then, just like that, be gone tomorrow, is unsettling but, sadly, not uncommon. The most common symptom of heart disease is sudden death, which is why it’s so important to take steps to protect and support your heart health now.
For instance, research conducted at the Karolinska Institutet found that engaging in healthy lifestyle habits could prevent nearly 80 percent of first-time heart attacks in men.2

The 2004 INTERHEART study, which looked at heart disease risk factors in over 50 countries around the world, similarly found that 90 percent of heart disease cases are completely preventable by modifying diet and lifestyle factors.3

Unfortunately, most people are not using lifestyle habits to their advantage. The Karolinska Institutet study involved men aged 45 to 79… and only 1 percent of them engaged in five “low-risk” behaviors that the study found could prevent a heart attack. In many cases, people may believe their heart health is just fine, when it’s far from it.

This is where a new measurement tool to calculate the actual age of your heart could be invaluable, as it’s been found to be more motivating to people than standard measures of heart risks.

Most Americans’ Hearts Are Older Than They Are

If you think knowing your heart age isn’t important, think again. Research published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and

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