The American Heart Association hopes that its definition of ideal cardiovascular health will encourage people to strive to be healthier. The AHA defines "ideal cardiovascular health" as the combination of four healthy behaviors and three health measurements. Ideal cardiovascular health is an excellent benchmark and a goal to strive for. Aim for what's possible instead of what's perfect. If you don't currently qualify for any of the seven ideal categories, working to achieve one of them will improve your odds of avoiding a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, or other cardiovascular event.
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