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Study shows decrease in Life's Simple 7 scores

Life's Simple 7 scores, created to track and improve cardiovascular risks and outcomes, decreased over an 18-year period that ended in 2016, researchers told an American Heart Association meeting. Average individual scores on the 14-point scale -- which factors in smoking, diet, physical activity, body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels -- were less than 7, with non-Hispanic white women under age 45 showing the best scores.

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