It’s heart and stroke month and every year I take a visit to the doctor to check up on my heart health. It’s important to me because of my family history. Both of my parents have had heart attacks, which was a really scary event for our family. There are ways you can protect your heart and health, and one of those ways is by using the online Heart Age Calculator provided by Shoppers Drug Mart.
Shoppers Drug Mart has always been my go to place for my prescriptions, visiting with the pharmacist when the kids are sick, and many of my shopping needs. On Feb 8, 2014 you can visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart for Blood Pressure Awareness day and get your blood pressure checked. Checking your blood pressure is just another step you can take to better heart health.
What is the Heart Age Calculator?
The Heart Age Calculator is the very first of its kind. This unique online tool helps Canadians calculate their cardiovascular age and assess the risks toward heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease, to determine if your heart is older than your true age, and help you learn ways to improve your health. Pretty important, don’t you think?
How Does The Heart Age Calculator Work?
The heart calculator helps Canadians by answering simple lifestyle questions such as your age, height, weight, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, personal and family history, daily habits and more. It’s the only scientifically validated online tool available from Shoppers Drug Mart that provides a personalized heart age and risk profile as recommended by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines.
I took the test, so should you?
I took the Heart Age Calculator test and my results were surprising. I thought they would be worse because I smoke and I’m overweight, but my blood pressure is good, I don’t have diabetes, I try to exercise as much as my body allows. My heart age is 43.3 and I’m only 40 turning 41 this October. I need to quite smoking. I need to lose more weight. Those two things can decrease my heart age to 39.9 yrs which is much better for myself and my family and decreases my risk of heart disease.
Why is it Important For You to Take this test?
Knowledge is power. Your heart may be aging faster than you. So understanding the risks helps you to take the measures you need in order to improve that age and your overall health. Several factors such as heart age, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and other factors such as smoking can lead to trouble for your heart.
- Be A Part of the Goal & Improve Your Health & The Health of your Family
- It’s time to get heart healthy and encourage our friends and family to do the same.
The more aware Canadians are about their heart health, the more informed they can be to take the necessary steps to help improve their health management within their lives. I wish they’d had the Heart Age Calculator before I watched my mother have triple bypass and struggle with her heart disease. It could have made a difference in the world for her and my father. If you could help someone you loved from dealing with heart disease, wouldn’t you?
Simple Heart Health Tips you can Follow:
After reading this I can see the importance, although I already knew that quitting smoking and exercising more are two main factors that need work on. You can also monitor your blood pressure, build an active lifestyle, regulate your cholesterol levels take control of your health and management within your life.
I’m very glad I took the Heart Calculator test. My kids have even taken it, so has my hubby. Now you can too to the test. Kids can also be at risk for heart disease. Don’t wait, take control of your heart health today!
Does anyone in your family have heart disease? Take the test and chime in below to share your results with us. Let’s get talking about our heart health!
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