Heart Awareness Month: Calculate the True Age of YOUR Heart – Take the First Steps Toward a Healthier You!

Heart Awareness Month: Calculate the True Age of YOUR Heart – Take the First Steps Toward a Healthier You!

Sometimes celebrities give us heart palpitations, so we know better than any the importance of maintaining a healthy and happy heart. February is Heart Month and, in celebration of this time of awareness, we want to clue you into some tools that will both assist and encourage you to be conscious of your heart. It’s important to treat it well. After all, you only get one, so why not treat it preciously? Cherish it like the tabloids cherish Kate Middleton and her voluminous royal hair.

As many of you know, knowledge is power when it comes to anything. The same is true for heart health. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, as well as the United States, and every fact—every piece of information—you possess about the disease gets you one step closer to combating it effectively. For example, did you know that your heart could actually be aging faster than you? In other words, you could very well be 40 years old with a heart that possesses the “health” equivalent to a person much older.

Luckily, modern tools offer resources to calculate/estimate the true age of your heart. The Canadian Cardiovascular Association highly recommends every individual, no matter your age, take the time to undergo this process. Knowing about your heart, and becoming intimate with your health, will significantly improve your chances of postponing the onset of cardiac disease.

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Curious about your heart’s true age? Shoppers Drug Mart has a fantastic calculator that determines the chronological age of your heart by taking into account a multitude of factors. The Heart Age Calculator (Click Here to Take the Test!) is an online tool that helps individuals calculate their cardiovascular age. It assesses their risk of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years by answering simple lifestyle questions. The prompts inquire about an individual’s height, age, weight, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, personal and family history, your daily habits, and much more.

I can say, from firsthand experience, that this heart age calculator is incredibly easy to use. Recently, I checked the age of my own heart and, even though I didn’t have all the statistics/lab work handy from my doctor (HDL, LDL, Blood Glucose levels, etc.), the easy-to-use program allows for one to select answers based on “general” ranges should he or she not have these numbers available. The lowest possible chronological age the calculator takes into account is 30 years old; however, if you are younger than thirty years old, as I am, the calculator suggests you operate from this base age and carry out the test as normal.

You’ll be so glad you spent the time calculating your heart’s true age. Many people might be scared to do this, in fear of receiving a value outside their current age, but you must realize that knowing is much less scarier than not knowing.

If your heart does receive an age that is above your chronological age, there are several steps you can take to improve the health of your heart: stop smoking; monitor your blood pressure; apply an active lifestyle; regulate your cholesterol levels; and take control. Also, while this platform is scientifically sound, you should never substitute an online resource for professional medical advice. If you’re concerned about your heart health after taking this test, consider making an appointment with a cardiologist today. Your health can’t wait!

It’s time to get your heart healthy! I’ve done it, my family’s done it, we’re going to make Charlie Sheen do it . . . . Now it’s your turn! The ball’s in your court. What steps are you going to take today to ensure the health of your heart tomorrow?

After you take the test, please be sure to leave your experience(s) in the comments section below so we can encourage a discussion surrounding healthy living!

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DisclosureAlthough this post has been sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart Inc., the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect the views, opinions or positions of Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. or its affiliates or licensees. Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, suitability or validity of any information within this blog post and will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information or for any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.


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46 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Pamela February 6, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    This is such an important cause and something we always forget about!

  2. Terry February 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    What a great idea to have a test to measure the age of your heart. My Mother died from heart problems so this is very important to me.

  3. Sue February 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Heart health is important to my because husband has already had some minor issues. It is great that they have these tools to help everyone.

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) February 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I definitely want to check that out. I always wonder about my heart. I workout a lot, so I think it’s in good shape, but you just never really know.

  5. kay adeola February 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    This is great i am going to check it out thank you :-) .

  6. Amber Edwards February 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Heart health is something we have to monitor closely in our family. So this is a great test to help keep us on track.

  7. Elizabeth L February 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I was so surprised to find how much younger my heart is. It makes my good habits seem even more worthwhile!

  8. Theresa February 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this information. It is so important to be heart healthy! I would like to see where I do rank on the chart.

  9. Crystal February 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I think I would be afraid to see what Charlie Sheen’s heart age was ;)

  10. Lyne Proulx February 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I did the test and now I am relieve to know what my cardiovascular heart age is. This is so important as close family members have/had heart issues.

  11. BusyBee February 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for posting this! So many in my family have heart disease and I know that many don’t know they have risk factors.

  12. Nicole King February 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    So often do we put ourselves on the back burners! I think this heart age calculator is a great reminder that we need to put ourselves first from time to time!

  13. Nathan W Pace February 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Heart health is important. My friend went out for his morning run and died of heart failure in his driveway before he even got to running…. He had less than %5 body fat and was “fit as a fiddle” SO now I know the importance of heart health.

  14. Lawna February 6, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    This is very important in my life because my family has a long history of heart issues.

  15. DD February 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Definitely need to take care of our hearts. No doubt about that!

  16. Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel February 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Such an important issue and so great to have a calculator that helps us understand what our heart risks are.

  17. Rosey February 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I’m happy to see a post promoting Heart Awareness. My son is participating in a fundraiser for the same cause. :)

  18. Jennifer Williams February 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    It is so important to stay on top of heart health, there are so many things that can be prevented if they are caught in time. Thank you for spreading awareness.

  19. DD February 6, 2014 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Heart health is very important. I believe that!

  20. Melanie S. February 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    I was so curious, I had to take the test. My real age is 37, and the test told me my cardiovascular age is 35.5. I’ll take it. :)

  21. Robyn February 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    I always have heart problems recently.

  22. Amanda Love February 6, 2014 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a family history of heart issues but this is such a great post. We all need to take care of ourselves because you can be the first. I tend to work out a bit each day in order to keep healthy and fit

  23. Melanie February 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    What a great thing to do! My family has a history of heart problems, I keep great care of myself for this reason

  24. Annie February 7, 2014 at 1:09 am - Reply

    I love how I was younger than the minimum age they took for the quiz, haha! Great to know though :)

  25. Allie February 7, 2014 at 3:42 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. It is the #1 killer of women, the word needs to be spread.

  26. Janelle February 7, 2014 at 3:44 am - Reply

    I would take the test, but I have no idea what my cholesterol levels are

  27. Aisha Kristine Chong February 7, 2014 at 8:12 am - Reply

    This is such a great idea – scary but I’d probably go for it since it’s something we need to know to be able to prevent the dangers of it sooner or later.

  28. Tess February 7, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Thanks for the post! Heart problems run in my family and good to know.

  29. Sarah Bailey February 7, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Fantastic cause I don’t think we talk about our heart health enough, it’s almost a forgotten part of us. x

  30. GossipMoms February 7, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Wow its crazy that you would do a post like this 3 days ago I was just to the hospital for palpitation so now i have to walk around the whole month wit this thing on my chest to monitor my heart. Thanks so much for sharing this info Bless

  31. becca February 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Heart health is important to me because my mom has had some issues. It is great that they have these tools to help everyone.

  32. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I am working on the test right now to check my heart age. I have to laugh because I put my age in and went to the next page and then realized I had put the wrong age. Apparently, I stopped getting older a couple of years ago. Now I’ll go finish it. Thanks!

  33. Eliz Frank February 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I’m glad that more people are taking time to get checked up and pay attention to their hearts… It’s an important organ and life force.
    Eliz

  34. Christine February 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    The Heart is SOOOOOOO important!!! My father had heart surgery on Wednesday! So relieved it went well!

  35. Amanda February 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Our heart health is so important, great tips on keeping it in check!

  36. Mel Cole February 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Wow! This is so cool that you can calculate the age of your heart. My husband will be interested on this especially that he has HBP.

  37. BabsProjects February 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I had heart surgery 12 years back to fix a birth defect. So every year I see a cardiologist and get a complete check-up. Your post is kind of a reminder for me to get an appointment with my Dr.

  38. amanda February 7, 2014 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    interesting – i think it is important to know how healthy we are and be aware of how our bodies are supposed to be as well.

  39. Onica {MommyFactor} February 8, 2014 at 12:12 am - Reply

    I didn’t know you could find out your heart age. What a useful tool to help people become more aware of their heart health

  40. MK February 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    What great and important information, I’m almost scared to find out how ‘old’ my heart is!

  41. Ashley Gill February 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    With my mother having heart disease and paying last year at 57 yrs of age, this is s very important issue…. Thank you for this post!

  42. Erin February 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the tips and test. Definitely a huge issue in this country and one we can take big preventative measures to slow.

  43. Wendy Bottrell February 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    I am a 54 and according to your test my cardiovascular system health is 49.3 An organic local, pastured gluten, wheat and grain free diet with a good amount of exercise, good sleep and an excellent line of high quality supplements including Cardio 5000

  44. Jocelyn February 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    My sister is a heart-surgery survivor – and it amazes me how many people struggle with heart problems!

  45. MHU February 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    It’s scary to think how many people have bad hearts….and how many people die from it. Definitely great tips here…

  46. DD February 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Heart health is very important. Thanks for bringing this to light.

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