Take the Heart Health Challenge with Shoppers Drug Mart!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Shoppers Drug Mart is celebrating with Heart Health Month.  Their website features a Heart Health Calculator to make people more aware of their heart's health and encourage them to take charge.
I took the Shoppers Drug Mart's Heart Health challenge with their Heart Age Calculator and it determined that my Heart Health was at a very solid 28.5, meaning that my heart is as healthy as a 28.5 year old.  Given that I'm 30 years old, I'm quite happy with the results but know that I can increase my heart health by implementing regular exercise into my every day routine.

While it may be common knowledge that leading a healthier lifestyle will increase your chance of longevity, here are some key points you should know about heart health:
  • Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada
  • It's extremely important to know the details of your heart health so you can start managing it as necessary
  • There are several factors that influence your heart age including blood pressure levels, cholesterol, and lifestyle choices {eg:  smoking, etc.}
  • The Canadian Cardiovascular Society recommends knowing your cardiovascular age and knowing your cardiovascular risk profile in order to improve management of blood pressure and blood lipids
It's so easy to to take the online Shoppers Drug Mart Heart Heath challenge!  In order to determine your heart age, you have to answer a series of quick and easy lifestyle questions with their simple online Heart Age Calculator.  Once you have answered all of the questions, the Heart Age Calculator will automatically calculate your cardiovascular age and give you some tips and tricks on how to manage your heart health.

In addition to becoming aware of your heart age, here are some simple steps to take to ensure a healthy heart:
  • Stop smoking
  • Monitor your blood pressure
  • Apply an active lifestyle
  • Regulate your cholesterol levels
  • Take control
We encourage you to take the Shoppers Drug Mart Heart Health challenge today - whether it be out of curiosity or to better your health.   The Heart Age Calculator is the only scientifically validated online tool available that provides a personalized heart age and cardiovascular risk profile recommended by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines.

What was your heart age?  What was the most important thing you learned from taking the Heart Health challenge?  Leave your answers in the comments below - we'd love to hear what you thought of the challenge!

Disclosure:  Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect the views, opinions or positions of Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. or its affiliates or licensees.  Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, suitability or validity of any information within this blog post and will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information or for any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

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