Working in a hospital I am reminded on a daily basis how lucky I am to have my health. The only major medical scare I have had in my life was delivering Monkey 2 months early, but other than that it has been a pretty smooth ride and I would like to keep it that way! As a busy mom it is easy to get lost in our hectic schedule and let things like exercise and a well balanced meal slide a little. Really what harm is it going to have? Yes the scale might creep up ever so slowly, pants get a little tighter… But I will get my into my healthy routines again… sometime… soon… But what you don’t see is the long term damage of all the little things adding up – One by one to age your heart even faster than the chronological clock. And hey I want a healthy heart as I plan on being around to drive these boys crazy for a loooooong time!
The first step to understanding your heart health is knowing your “Cardiovascular age” – knowledge is power and without knowing your risks you can’t make changes. Luckily Shoppers Drug Mart has made it easy for you to determine your heart age online from the comfort of your own home. Using The Heart Age Calculator you can quickly assess your risk of heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years by answering some simple questions. And don’t worry they are not just making this stuff up, it has been scientifically validated by researchers at McGill University. So what do you need to take the quiz? Some basic information such as family history and your daily habits, as well as general knowledge about your blood pressure and cholesterol status, and 5 minutes of time. (Don’t let it stop you from taking the quiz if you don’t have specifics for blood pressure or cholesterol, the program will help you fill in any blanks). So head on over to The Heart Age Calculator to take your test. Go on, do it right now, I will wait for you here.
Oh are you back already?!? I told you it didn’t take long. Hopefully you learned a thing or two, like there are many factors that influence your heart age including blood pressure, cholesterol and risk factors such as smoking or being overweight. It has been shown, once again by those smart researchers, that knowing your cardiovascular age improves health management. Not only did I take the quiz, but I got Hubs to do it too. Here are our results:
Although we are both in the “Yellow” range which is average, I would love to get us to get more heart healthy and slide that scale into the green range. Not in the green range either? There are changes you can start making today to help get you there including:
- Get more active –Play with your kids, why not try tennis or soccer, bike riding or basket ball, whatever you enjoy just GET MOVING
- Monitor your blood pressure – give it a quick check at regular intervals to make sure you are in the normal range
- Regulate your cholesterol levels – eat a healthy well balanced diet
- Stop smoking – NOW, just do it, for so many reasons….
Heart disease is the 2nd leading cause of death in Canada. I don’t want to be a part of that statistic, and I don’t want you to be either. Take a moment today to take The Heart Age Calculator assessment to see where you stand. Let’s get Heart Healthy together!
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