February is Heart Month!
Did you know that Heart Disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada? It is! What many people don’t realize is that their heart can be aging faster than them. Several factors influence your heart age, including blood pressure levels, cholesterol, and the presence of risk factors like smoking. This is important to know because research shows knowing the cardiovascular age of your heart will lead to better heart health management.
While heart disease and stroke is not something that my immediate family has a history of. I can say that over the years that I have watched and cared for my Great Grandmother, an individual who had suffered from numerous strokes during her lifetime. For this reason staying on top of my own cardiovascular health is very important to me.
In February I make a point to sit down and complete a Heart Age Calculator; 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.
I use the results from the Heart Age Calculator as a means to make informed decisions and take the appropriate measures to work towards continually improving my overall health.
The Heart Age Calculator is a scientifically validated online tool that provides you with a personalized heart age and cardiovascular risk profile as recommended by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines
Based on my results, I have learned that my risk of cardiovascular disease over the next ten years is 0.9%. I also have no modifiable cardiovascular risk factors.
Although I have no real need to modify my lifestyle, I know that I can take steps to ensure that I my cardiovascular health remains manageable. I will continue to take control of my cardiovascular health by leading an active lifestyle, monitoring my blood pressure, and regulating my cholesterol.
Have you completed the Heart Age Calculator? The Canadian Cardiovascular Society recommends calculating your cardiovascular age and knowing your cardiovascular risk profile to improve management of blood pressure and blood lipids. Research shows that understanding and knowing the cardiovascular age of your heart will lead to better health management.
If you haven’t completed the Heart Age Calculator, I encourage you to visit Shoppers Drug Mart.ca and complete the Heart Age Calculator. It’s time to take action. It’s time to get Heart Healthy!
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