Your heart at every age

Maintaining a healthy heart is a lifelong responsibility starting at an early age.

With life expectancy in the United States comfortably showing the vast majority of people reaching their seventh decade, this means the average person’s heart will beat more than two billion times.

At the same time, statistics also show that the heart (mainly though heart disease and heart attacks) is the leading cause of death.

“There are things you can do to prevent heart disease from happening,” said Dr. Timothy Logan, a cardiologist with the McLaren Cardiovascular Institute, “so that would be ideal.”

He mentions maintaining a healthy diet, not smoking, controlling cholesterol and blood pressure and not leaving chronic conditions, such as diabetes, untreated.

These are lifestyle choices that are not exclusive to one particular age group though — it can easily be applied to anyone at any age. It helps kids and the younger generations create good heart habits they can take into their later years, and it can help the older generations optimize their current heart health.

“If we could do that for everyone, that would be great,” Dr. Logan said. “Listen to your body.”