What’s your “vascular age”?
“Young at heart” takes on a whole new meaning with the emergence of a new heart health concept among the cardiac community called “vascular age.” While you may feel quite spry in your early 30s, your heart could literally be pushing 40, or depending on your lifestyle choices and other factors, 60-plus!
Vascular age is a relatively new concept that measures the “age” of your heart based on heart disease risk factors, explains Dr. Andy Wielgosz, professor of epidemiological and community medicine at the University of Ottawa. “The most important thing to know is that you can improve your heart age,” he says. Take our quiz to learn how old your heart is (keep track of your points); and discover how you can shave off the years with simple lifestyle changes.