Diet and exercise dent Australia's cardiac report card

Very few people are in ideal cardiovascular health

Less than one per cent of Australian adults are in "ideal" cardiovascular health, a study suggests.

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University of Queensland epidemiologists have for the first time examined how well Australians score on a list of seven modifiable metrics — Life's Simple 7 — that the American Heart Association developed in 2010.

It turns out that scoring a tick for all seven metrics is anything but simple. Just 0.15% of Australian adults passed on all seven, classing them as having 'ideal cardiac health’.

The hardest tick to earn was eating properly: to pass

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