Abstract 20807: Life’s Simple 7: Lifestyle Survey of Advanced Aged Patients
Introduction: The American Heart Association promotes seven health factors and behaviors to reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve quality of life. We aim to describe dietary and social habits of advanced aged subjects with cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients compared to subjects without CVD.
Methods: Hospitalized patients aged 85 years or over were interviewed about medical history, dietary habits, social history, spirituality, and exercise.
Results: 97 patients were interviewed during their hospitalization. The mean age was 88.6 ± 3.2 years in women and 89.2 ± 3.6 years in men. Significantly more men than women were former smokers, 60% vs 35% (p=0.02). 64% of subjects had a history of CVD. There was no significant difference in age, gender, or BMI in patients with or without CVD. 77% reported eating meat, poultry, or fish daily, while only 6% were strict vegetarians. 63% of subjects believed eating organic food was not important. 46.2% of subjects had an exercise routine. 52% of subjects had at least one parent survive more than 85 years. 62% of subjects believed spirituality/religion was important or very important.
Conclusions: In advanced aged patients, beneficial habits such as routine exercise and abstinence from smoking are more prevalent than the general population. Additionally, spirituality/religion are highly valued and are believed to improve individual’s healthy status. Further research is needed to understand the impact of other factors in promoting successful aging.
Author Disclosures: H.A. Tran: None. S. Gupta: None. S. Birk: None. M. Lui: None. N. Badoe: None.
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