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Heart age is a way to understand your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Your heart age is calculated based on your risk factors for heart disease, such as age, blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as diet, exercise and smoking. A younger heart age means a lower risk of heart disease.
One online tool that calculates heart age was adapted from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) and is available on the FHS website. To calculate your heart age, you'll need to know your body mass index (BMI) or your cholesterol levels.
If you're like most Americans, your heart age is older than your actual age. But you can lower your heart age by adopting a healthier lifestyle. To start, concentrate on making just one or two changes.
You can help lower your heart disease risk factors by:
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