Table 1

Definitions for the three-category indicator of cardiovascular health, per American Heart Association (AHA) specifications

Cardiovascular health-LS7 indicatorsPoorIntermediateIdeal
Three health behaviours
 Physical activityNone1–149 min/week moderate, or 1–74 min/week vigorous, or 1–149 min/week combined intensity≥150 min/week moderate, or ≥75 min/week vigorous, or ≥150 min/week combined intensity
 SmokingCurrent smokerFormer smoker who quit ≤12 months agoNever smoked or quit >12 months ago
Four biological markers
 BMI (kg/m2)≥30 or <18.5≥25 to <30<25 but ≥18.5
 Blood pressure (mm Hg)≥140 or ≥90 mm Hg120–193/80–89 mm Hg or treated to control<120/<80 mm Hg
 Cholesterol (mg/dL)≥240 mg/dL200 to <240 mg/dL or treated to control<200 mg/dL
 Fasting glucose (mg/dL)≥126 mg/dL≥100 to <126 or treated to control<100 mg/dL
  • *AHA Diet score includes five criteria: ≥4.5 servings/day fruits and vegetables; ≥7 oz servings/week fish; ≥3 servings/day grain; ≤4.5 servings/week sweetened beverages; and <1500 mg/day sodium.

  • BMI, body mass index; LS7, Life’s Simple 7.