Heart damage can be reversed at any age shows new research

Do not be fooled into thinking your only option is medication as this is not always the case.

“Health behaviors can trump a lot of your genetics. This research shows people have control over their heart health. The earlier they start making healthy choices, the more likely they are to maintain a low-risk profile for heart disease”
Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., chair and professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a staff cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2010.

“It’s not too late. You’re not doomed if you’ve hit young adulthood and acquired some bad habits. You can still make a change and it will have a benefit for your heart. If you don’t keep up a healthy lifestyle, you’ll see the evidence in terms of your risk of heart disease. This finding is important because it helps to debunk two myths held by some health care professionals. The first is that it’s nearly impossible to change patients’ behaviors. Yet, we found that 25% of adults made healthy lifestyle changes on their own”

“The second myth is that the damage has already been done — adulthood is too late for healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing coronary artery disease. Clearly, that’s incorrect. Adulthood is not too late for healthy behavior changes to help the heart. Each decrease in healthy lifestyle factors led to greater odds of detectable coronary artery calcification and higher intima-media thickness. Adulthood isn’t a ‘safe period’ when one can abandon healthy habits without doing damage to the heart. That loss of healthy habits had a measurable negative impact on their coronary arteries. A healthy lifestyle requires upkeep to be maintained”
Professor Bonnie Spring, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a member of the WHRI Leadership Council, July 2014. 

Study published June 30, 2014 in the journal Circulation.  As reported by Northwestern News Center on July 3, 2014.

 


 

Posted: Wednesday 23 July 2014