Three out of four American adults have a heart age that is older than their actual age.
That’s according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report is the first one to provide population-level estimates of heart age in the U.S.
It calculates heart age based on a person’s cardiovascular risk factors, including high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes status, and body mass index as an indicator for obesity.
CDC researchers collected risk factor data from every U.S. state and information from a heart study.
They found nearly 69 million adults between the ages of 30 and 74 have a heart age older than their actual age.
That’s about the number of people living in the 130 largest U.S. cities combined.
Overall, the average heart age for adult men is eight years older than their chronological age, compared to five years older for women.
CDC said the heart age can be improved by quitting smoking or lowering blood pressure through eating healthier and exercise.