Healthy heart at midlife reduces risks later


January 26, 2012 2:35:43 PM PST
If you have reached middle age without any risk factors for heart problems, you may have found the fountain of youth for your heart.

A new study finds people who reach middle age without developing high blood pressure, diabetes or other risk factors are much less likely to have a heart attack or stroke by age 80.

Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago say a heart healthy profile at midlife essentially abolished your remaining chance of developing any heart disease over your remaining lifespan.

Experts say the take home message is that we need to do a better job of getting our children and young adults off to a healthy start in life.