The AHA’s NEW Checklist for Heart Health
I knew that America’s heart health was not doing well.
After all, heart disease is still the number one killer, claiming the lives of nearly 700,000 people every year.
Even knowing that, I didn’t realize just how bad things had gotten.
Based on a new checklist put out by the American Heart Association, it turns out that only 1 in 5 Americans can be classified as having excellent heart health.
This new checklist—called Life Essentials 8—has eight components that combine to give an accurate picture of heart health.
Take a look at this checklist to see how you rank.
The checklist includes the following eight components that incorporate both health behaviors and health factors into an overall picture of heart health:
- Physical activity
- Nicotine exposure
- Sleep duration
- Body mass index
- Blood lipids
- Blood glucose
- Blood pressure
This is an upgrade from Life Essentials 7, which did not include the sleep component.
I’m glad they added sleep to this list. Not enough people understand how critical it is to your heart health.
In fact, people who routinely sleep less than seven hours per night have a 20 percent higher risk of having a heart attack.
Lack of sleep also affects other items on the list, like body weight, blood pressure, and even blood glucose.
On a 100-point scale, here’s the breakdown:
- 80-100 = high cardiovascular health
- 50-79 = moderate cardiovascular health
- Under 50 = low cardiovascular health
The average American scored a 64.7, putting them in the moderate category.
And 80 percent of the population scored either moderate or low.
The older the people got, the lower their score tended to be.
I’m not telling you this to scare you, but to give you an important wake-up call. There’s a lot more to your heart health than monitoring cholesterol levels and taking statins.
(In fact, most people don’t need to be doing either, but that’s an issue for another day.)
The system isn’t perfect, but it’ll give you a good general picture of where you stand—and whether you’re in the elite 20 percent or not.
More importantly, it’ll show you if you need to do something about it.
If you want to take the test for yourself to see where you stack up, visit www.heart.org/lifes8.
P.S. I recently shared 13 ways to protect your heart. Some are obvious, but many are ones you may not have realized have anything to do with heart health. Click here to read about them.
Melore, C. (2022, June 29.) “Cardiovascular Crisis? Only 1 in 5 Americans Has Excellent Heart Health.” Study Finds. https://www.studyfinds.org/1-in-5-americans-heart-health/
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
When it comes to COVID-19, symptoms can range from non-existent to life-threatening. The good news is which category you fall into doesn’t have to be decided by a coin toss. A recent study identified a drug-free technique that’s been proven to reduce the risk of hospitalization—and even death—from COVID-19. And it just so happens I’ve...
Living longer is about more than adding years to your life. It’s about living healthy and disease-free no matter your chronological age. Who wants to live to 90 if their memory has failed them, or to 100 if they’re strapped to an oxygen tank, and every breath is a struggle? No, for me, living longer...
It’s impossible to avoid cancer-causing chemicals these days. They’re found in everything from the food you eat, to the cosmetics you use, to the air you breathe. Now, an alarming study has spotted one of the most notorious cancer-causing chemicals in 80 percent of the urine samples tested. Fortunately, you can take steps to avoid...
Alzheimer’s disease is projected to skyrocket in the next few decades, and there’s currently no cure. That means the time to act is now. Many folks focus on diet—and there’s no doubt that this is an important component. But there’s a critical Alzheimer’s risk factor that tends to fly under the radar—and it has nothing...
We’re still in the height of summer… so you might not be thinking about ways to avoid colds, flu, and other sicknesses typically associated with winter. But bolstering your immune system never goes out of season. Fortunately, by including certain key foods in your everyday diet, you can benefit from a stronger immune system no...
COVID-19 may not be making as many headlines these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone away. As time has gone on, more research has been done to find out they best ways to prevent infection… or to reduce the severity of the virus if you happen to get sick. Today, I want to highlight...
Reading about the mainstream’s position on the benefits of coffee is like watching a game of ping-pong. Coffee is bad for you… it’s good for you. It will cause heart problems… it will prevent heart problems. It will shorten your life… it will help you live longer. Enough already! It’s time to end this back...
Yesterday, I told you about a surprising way to boost your gut health. Today, I want to tell you a big reason WHY you’d want to take steps to improve your microbiome in the first place (and it has nothing to do with digestion or bloating). According to a recent study, taking one simple step...
For years, the medical community and food manufacturers have demonized dietary fat as the source of all your health problems. The claim? Fat will make you fat! The only problem is… it’s a big FAT lie. We’ve known this for years. But now, a recent study has shown that eating MORE fat can help improve...
They say that in life, balance is key. The same is true for your health as well. In a recent study, researchers found that how well you do on a balance test could predict your risk of dying over the next seven years. Here’s how to take this test for yourself. For this test, participants...