How do you respond when someone asks you your age? Are you tempted to shave a few years off the truth? What about when someone asks you about your “heart age”? Do you know what they mean? If not, take note: Knowing your heart age just might save your life.
Your heart age is the “age” of your cardiovascular system — your heart and blood vessels — based on your personal risk factors for heart attack and stroke.
Your optimal heart age should match or be lower than your actual age. However, according to recent findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three out of four adults in the U.S. — approximately 69 million people — have a calculated heart age that is older than their chronological age.
Experts recommend that you quit smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise daily and take all medications as prescribed. If you are concerned about your heart age, discuss it with your doctor and together you can come up with continued ways to decrease your heart age and improve your heart health.