Harvard Heart Letter

7 simple changes lower stroke risk

The American Heart Association has developed the “Life’s Simple 7” tool as an easy way for people to understand and track their risk of having a stroke or heart disease. The tool tracks seven things a person can improve: blood sugar, cholesterol level, blood pressure, weight relative to height (body mass index or BMI), physical activity, diet, and cigarette smoking. Studies have found that lower scores on the Life’s Simple 7 tool reflect lower real-world risk of serious heart disease. A new study now links better Life’s Simple 7 scores to lower stroke risk.
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