I discussed recently how less than one in five American adults were found to have excellent heart health, according to a new study from the American Heart Association. It turns out that our children aren’t doing much better. The study, published in the journal Circulation, shows that fewer than 30 percent of children and adolescents had high scores for cardiovascular health. These numbers are worrisome, as children with poor cardiovascular health tend to maintain that poor heart health into adulthood. Their risk of future clinical cardiovascular disease events, like heart attacks and strokes, is much higher over the next 30 years than those children who maintain excellent heart health.
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