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Calculating your age is simple:

Count the number of birthdays
you've had, and you're done.
So how do you determine your
heart age? There are a number of
But determining the age
online calculators that serve as
helpful starting points, but the best
of your heart is a little trickier. way to know is to ask your doctor.
Your heart does have an age,
cardiologists say, and knowing it
can help you manage your risk
of heart attack, stroke and other
cardiovascular diseases, which
combine to lead all causes of death
for U.S. adults.
Ideally, your heart age will be
the same as or younger than your
actual age. But if it's not, doctors and
researchers have found that knowing
that it's higher might motivate you to
change your lifestyle to make your
heart "younger."

"Newer research shows that-
kind of like how there is a difference
between how a dog ages and how
a human ages-our hearts might
age differently depending on both
genetic factors and environmental
ones," says John Osborne, MD, a
preventive cardiologist and volunteer spokesman for the American
Heart Association. "And that can
give us a lot more insight into figuring out who we should treat early,
with stronger preventive measures,
and who might be at risk of a heart
attack or stroke."
On average, U.S. adults have
hearts that are seven years older
than they are, according to the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.

Mitigating Your Risk

Your doctor will start with a basic
analysis of the factors that increase
your likelihood of heart disease.
Some of those are things you
can't control.
"I can't change your ethnicity or
your genetics, whether your parent
or sibling has heart disease. I can't
fix your age," Osborne says. "But
there are big factors that we can fix."
If you're reading this article,
you're probably already aware of the
steps to better heart health: Eating
a nutritious diet, exercising regularly (moderate intensity is fine)
and avoiding tobacco products can
be game changers. Watch your salt
intake, because sodium contributes
to high blood pressure.
Tobacco is a particularly dangerous substance when it comes to
heart health.
"I don't care if you smoke it,
snort it, sniff it, eat it, drink it,

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