There are certain heart conditions that you can’t do anything to prevent or minimize the chances of them occurring. For example someone very close to me will be going for heart surgery within the next few weeks to remove an ascending aorta aneurysm (AAA) along with replacing a deformed aorta valve. We have no idea how long he has had an ascending aorta aneurysm, was it caused by a car accident from a few years ago or perhaps a hit while playing a contact sport? We’ll never know the cause, but we know it needs to be removed before it bursts. For the deformed aorta valve, that was something he was born with. But there are heart conditions that the risks can be minimized with the right tools and knowledge.
As some of you may know already February is Heart month. Shoppers Drug Mart thought it would be the perfect time to alert Canadians of the risk of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are things that can happen to anyone but with the right tools and good health, the risks can be minimized. The Canadian Cardiovascular Society recommends knowing your cardiovascular age and cardiovascular risk to improve your blood pressure and blood lipids. Shoppers Drug Mart has launched an online interactive tool that calculates cardiovascular age and assesses the risks of heart disease and stroke: Heart Age Calculator.
Did you know that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada? Finding out what your heart age is an important first step to a healthier heart. Your cardiovascular heart age is determined based on different factors like your blood pressure, cholesterol, if you smoke, etc… You might be surprised to know that your heart might be aging faster than you! Research shows that knowing your heart age and understanding it is a step closer to better heart health.
The Heart Age Calculator is a scientifically validated online tool. It’s meant to help Canadians calculate the cardiovascular age of their heart and asses the risks of a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular diseases within the next 10 years. The online tool asks simple questions like your height, weight, age, cholesterol levels (don’t worry if you don’t know, the tool gives you the option to “don’t know”), how much physical activity you do, etc…
Looking for simple steps you can do right now to improve your Heart Health?
- Quit smoking
- Check your blood pressure
- Be active
- Regulate your cholesterol levels
- Take control
How about we take the test together? It would mean a lot to me! It only takes a few minutes and we would be one step closer to healthier hearts! Shoppers Drug Mart – Heart Age Calculator
I took the test and so did my husband!
Here are my results:
Were your results what you expected? What will you do to improve your heart health?
Don’t forget to share the Heart Age Calculator with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!
Have a wonderful day!
Disclosure – Although 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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