TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Heart age is the topic of many across the country.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the age of your heart means how old your heart and blood vessels are as a result of your risk factors for heart attack and stroke.
Union Hospital Health Advocate Nurse Marilyn Byrd says the study results aren’t too shocking.
“In our society there’s a lot of obesity, a lot of cardiovascular disease,” Byrd said. “It doesn’t surprise me that it shows that for the average person the heart age is older than what our actual age is.”
You can actually test your own heart age by going to a website like HeartAge.me. You put some of your health information in and it gives you a result.
Byrd says the results might not be exactly what you think.
“You may just be 40 in years but when you take that assessment you could be 45, 48 years old and then of course you’re at higher risk then to develop heart attack and stroke,” Byrd said.
Once you know what your heat age is, it’s important to take those results and see a physician.
“It’s really good for you to make sure on a regular basis to see your medical provider just for that checkup.”
And while that checkup can tell you more about your heart age and where you stand health wise, there are also things you can do to help turn that aging heart around.
“Getting that awareness out there. You know, what is eating healthy, what is you know, the importance of exercise,” Byrd said. “All about this heart age now. Because you know, we haven’t really talked, you know, heard that out there.”
The CDC says most Americans have a heart age of 7 years older than they actually are.
There are things you can do to help turn your heart age around:
– Lower your cholesterol
– Eat healthy
– Manage your diabetes
– Don’t use tobacco