Only 3 percent with good heart health?
If you’re heart is ticking along exactly as it should, you are in elite company. A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that only three percent of Americans have ‘ideal heart health’. The somewhat surprising assessment is based on the results of the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which assessed about 350,000 people across the country on the seven major heart health factors: body mass index, smoking habits, total cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity.
While three percent of the population reported ideal levels in all seven factors, 10 percent of people had ‘poor heart health,’ meaning they had ideal levels in two or fewer of the factors.
Heart health varied significantly by region. Generally, the western and New England states had a higher percentage of people with good and ideal heart health, and Southern states had poorer heart health.