February… February is the month of love, chocolate, and spending time with our loved ones. Mmmmmm.. chocolate! But did you know that February is also Heart month? Started in 1958 by Dr. Wilfred Bigelow, Heart month is a once a year reminder to us to take care of our hearts so that they can take care of us.
Today, heart disease and stroke takes one life every 7 minutes and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor. Sadly, heart disease is still one of the leading causes of death in Canada.
But knowledge is power!
Our bodies have two ages:
our physical age (how long we’ve been on this earth), and
our cardiovascular age (an age determined by the health of our hearts).
It is possible for our heart to be older than our physical age. It can age faster than us if we don’t take care of it. The good news is that there’s a test that we can do to assess our risk factors and estimate the cardiovascular age of our hearts. Knowing the age of our hearts has been shown to lead to better health management.
So I took the test to find out how old my heart is:
My heart age
The Heart Age Calculator is an online tool that helps Canadians calculate their cardiovascular age and assess their risk of heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years by answering simple lifestyle questions (like your height, age, weight, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, personal and family history, your daily habits and more).
The test was fast and easy to take. It’s online and guides you through a series of questions about your age, height, weight, and lifestyle – how much you sleep, exercise etc. Admittedly it’s been 3 years since I’ve visited a doctor, so I haven’t had my blood pressure taken since I was immediately post-partum (it was crazy low then) so a few of the questions were difficult to answer. For things like my cholesterol, LDL, and HDL levels, I had to guess. I remember being told that these were all in the extremely healthy range, so that’s what I chose:
The nice part about the test is that at the end it offers you your 10 Year risk of cardiovascular disease and shows how making modifications will reduce your risk factors. Here are my results:
All in all I was very pleased with my results which could very well be a result of my commitment to the 5 simple steps to being heart healthy:
- Stop Smoking – I quit smoking almost 20 years ago!
- Monitor your blood pressure – oops, I need to do this more often than once every 3 years
- Apply an active lifestyle – check!
- Regulate your Cholesterol Levels – I suspect healthy eating helps with this.
- Take Control – check!
Do something today that your future self will thank you for – Take the only scientifically validated online tool available that provides a personalized heart age and cardiovascular risk profile recommended by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines, The Heart Age Calculator!
How old is your heart?
Is your heart older or younger than you?
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