Harvard Heart Letter

What's more important than your life span? Your health span

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You are never too old to add heart-healthy years to your life.

Our concept of aging has changed. Instead of worrying about how long we will live—our life span—we now understand that how long we can live a healthy life may be more important. This is the concept of "health span."

Because heart attack and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability in older age, doing everything you can to lower the likelihood of developing these "cardiovascular events" increases your health span. Ideally, the process should start in childhood and last throughout life. More often, awareness begins with thoughts of retirement.

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