Is your heart ageing faster than you? Take this test to find out…. 11



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We all know our biological age, heck, we’re reminded every day! But even if you feel younger than you are, your heart could be ageing faster than you… a lot faster.

According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three in four of us have a heart older than what it says on our birth certificate.

This would be a shock for many of us, but perhaps not a surprise for others who may have experienced heart attacks and other cardio problems.

The average man’s heart age is nearly eight years higher than his actual age, while the average woman’s heart is five-and-a-half years old, said the report.

Heart disease is the leading causing of death in the world, with over 17.5 million people dying from it every year, showing just how crucial it is to know how your heart is going.

Researchers from the CDC created the Framingham Heart Study test to show heart health across America, and considering our likenesses and incidences of obesity are so similar to America, there’s a lot we can learn.

The test takes looks a person’s health, including their blood pressure and whether they suffer diabetes, as well as lifestyle factors, such as whether they smoke and if they are obese.

The findings didn’t come as a shock to experts, but then fear that their findings mean many more people are at risk of heart attack or stroke than we thought.

This is alarming. Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer,’ said the report’s lead author, CDC scientist Quanhe Yang.

‘But the bottom line is you can do some very simple things’ to become younger at heart, he said.

Reasons for an older heart: The CDC scientists estimated the average ‘heart age’ of men and women in every state, based on risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity, and whether they smoke or have diabetes.

These are all preventable through health diet and exercise.

‘[This test] gives a stark, simple picture of your future risk of having – or dying from – heart attack or stroke,’ said CDC Director Dr Tom Frieden.

This week, CDC officials shared the Framingham study’s online heart age prediction calculator for individuals to assess themselves.

You have to know your systolic blood pressure – the higher of the two measurements – to generate an estimate.

Click HERE to take the heart age test.

Tell us, how old is your heart?

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  1. 59 years old got 61. I suspect that is because my BMI is 27. Fairly simplistic test does not talk into account lifestyle choices etc.

  2. Rediculous . Only goes on BMI. So if we all took,speed, didn’t eat, exercise and lost heaps of weight, it would give you a great score.
    Get real Starts at 60!!

  3. Oh dear. The test only goes as high as 86. I got 86 which I guess means I could have a higher heart age. I am 67 and have had a heart attack. And yes, I know I should make some major changes in my lifestyle.

  4. Too old to take test. I am 88, had triple bypass 15 yrs ago. Still going strong.

  5. This article could have some merit but unfortunately it only uses BMI which is a poor indicator and does have some limitations. BMI is based solely on height and weight so is an inaccurate measure of body fat percentage (both visceral and subcutaneous) and doesn’t take into account muscle mass, bone density and overall body composition. Scientists have been saying for years that BMI tests can’t distinguish between fat and muscle which makes the heart age test in the article flawed (my opinion only). Other factors not addressed are cholesterol levels, blood pressure, waist circumference, family history and the list goes on. Metabolic age (some call it fitness age) would also be another interesting observation.

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    • John, your opinion is fine, almost identical to mine. Unfortunately, with such limited parameters, it is incapable of providing an accurate assessment. At 75 (I had to reduce it to 74 for the test!) I may have a low score because of personal health and fitness but at 183cm and 98kg, my BMI comes in at a highish 29.3… More important to me are considerations of my less than perfect genetic history. Not about to start worrying about it, though.

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