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Only 1 in 5 people in the U.S. has optimal heart health

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Researchers found the U.S. population is well below optimal levels of cardiovascular health after applying the Life’s Essential 8™ cardiovascular health scoring, the American Heart Association’s updated metrics to measure heart and brain health. Life’s Essential 8™ scoring was calculated using data from more than 23,400 adults and children from national health surveys from 2013-2018. Results show 80% of people in the U.S. have below-optimal cardiovascular health, and scores differed significantly according to age, gender, race/ethnicity, family income and depression status.


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