Carrying around extra weight, smoking and other risk factors can add years to your heart’s age. See how old your heart is.
Most of us know that our risk of heart disease increases as we get older. But have you ever wondered how your heart’s age compares to your actual age? Is your lifestyle making your heart old before its time?
Medicom Health Interactive’s Heart Health Profiler shows that carrying around extra weight, smoking or having other cardiovascular risk factors does indeed add years to your heart’s age. The good news is that once we identify our personal risk factors, many of them can be lessened through lifestyle changes.
In a 2010 survey of nearly 7,000 Hennepin County Minnesota residents, 9 out of 10 respondents said they considered themselves to be in GOOD to EXCELLENT health while at the same time reporting:
- Being overweight or obese (53%*)
- Engaging in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on fewer than 3 days per week (30%*)
- A history of hypertension or pre-hypertension (high blood pressure) (25%*)
- A history of high blood cholesterol (32%*)
- A history of diabetes or sugar disease (10%*)
- A history of heart attack, angina, or stroke (6%*)
- Being a current smoker (12%*)
* Percentage of respondents
SOURCE: Shape 2010 Adult Data Book-Healthy Lifestyle and Behaviors
The survey highlights the difference between how healthy we THINK we are and how healthy we ACTUALLY are. Many of us are in denial about our health risks, so take a moment to assess your heart’s age using MHI’s Heart Health Profiler. You will see how old your heart is today, and you will also see what steps you can take to reduce your health risks in the future and keep yourself young at heart.
As for me, although hitting 50 was a difficult milestone to accept, I am proud to say that my heart’s age is 43! What’s yours?