Is your heart older than you?
Heart age is the age of your heart and blood vessels as a result of your risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Your heart age can be very different than your chronological age.
- 1 in 2 men have a heart age 5 or more years older than their actual age.
- 2 in 5 women have a heart age 5 or more years older than their actual age
- About 3 in 4 heart attacks and strokes are due to risk factors that increase heart age.
While there are risk factors you cannot change such as age and family age, there are many risk factors that you can change to reduce your heart age. The most common reasons for a higher heart age that can be changed or managed are: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, overweight/obesity, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and diabetes.
The good news is that you can make your heart younger at any age by making changes that reduce your risk. The first step is to find your heart age. Click the link below to learn your heart age. If your heart age is older than you and you're not sure how to lower it, call the Karen Yontz Center for help. The Karen Yontz Center has many resources to help you be younger in a year!