Did you know that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death among adults in Canada? That is pretty alarming! I can definitely relate to this statistic as both my maternal grandparents died of a heart disease in their 60’s. My grandfather was an avid smoker, which did not help him to have a good, healthy heart. As an 11 year old, sitting at his funeral, this is what stood out for me: he smoked, had a heart attack, and died. It really hit me hard. Looking back, I think now that’s why I have never smoked a cigarette to this day. You probably understand why February is a month that is, yes, close to my heart.
Nowadays, we are lucky to have the opportunity of being more informed on how to stay healthy and take ownership of our health thanks to associations like the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. They recommend calculating your cardiovascular age and knowing your cardiovascular risk profile, because research shows that, if you do, it will lead to better heart health management. There is an online tool called The Heart Age Calculator on the Shoppers Drug Mart website that will help you calculate your cardiovascular age and assess the risk of you having a heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years by answering simple lifestyle questions like your age, gender, weight, age, daily habits, and more. It is the only scientifically validated online tool that provides a personalized heart age and cardiovascular risk profile as recommended by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society guidelines.
Let’s have at least 10, 000 Canadians take the Heart Age test to learn your heart age and get a better understanding of your heart health! You might think you’re healthy as a horse, but your heart may be aging faster than you, so why not take the test to find out? I sure did, and felt more at ease knowing the results!
Several factors influence your heart age, such as blood pressure level, cholesterol, and the presence of risk factors like smoking. Since my 40’s, I have taken the habit of stopping by Shoppers once in a while and have my blood pressure tested with their electronic machine at the pharmacy. It’s a great tool that shows your level of blood pressure. Technically, the higher your blood pressure is, the higher your risk of heart disease. Why not take advantage of the Blood Pressure Awareness Day on February 8th to learn more about the condition of your heart with your pharmacist!
The result was definitely a relief. I guess I am taking the right steps to a healthy heart! If your heart is older than you are, you should probably seek an appointment with your doctor to discuss the results. Your physician can help with implementing a healthier lifestyle.
There are 5 steps to be heart healthy:
- Stop Smoking
- Monitor your blood pressure
- Apply an active lifestyle
- Regulate your cholesterol level
- Take control
What are you waiting for? Be proactive and go take the Heart Age Calculator Test! Encourage your loved ones to do the same.
You are welcome to share your results in the comment below!
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