Heart Age Calculator Helps Canadians Stay Heart Smart

Toronto, February 5, 2013

You know how old you are, but do you know how old your heart is?

You may feel young at heart but your heart and arteries may be aging faster than you.

By answering simple lifestyle questions, the Heart Age Calculator helps Canadians calculate their cardiovascular age and assess their risk of heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years.

To coincide with the launch of its nationwide Blood Pressure Awareness Day on February 9th, Shoppers Drug Mart is offering Canadians the opportunity to accurately find out how old their heart really is through a unique online tool called the Heart Age Calculator: 


Created by the research team of Dr. Steven Grover, director of the McGill Cardiovascular Health Improvement Program (CHIP) at McGill University Health Center in Montréal, the Heart Age Calculator is the only scientifically validated online tool available that provides a personalized heart age and cardiovascular risk profile as recommended by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society guidelines.

“We strongly encourage Canadians to use this simple tool that has been shown to actually improve the management of hypertension and high cholesterol,” says Laura Weyland, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist. “It takes just five minutes and research shows that knowing the age of your heart will lead to better heart health management.”The Canadian Cardiovascular Society recommends calculating your cardiovascular age and maintains that knowing your cardiovascular risk profile improves management of blood pressure and blood lipids.