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Are You Young At Heart? Heart Age Calculator Helps Canadians Stay Heart Smart

Take Your Health to Heart at a Shoppers Drug Mart Blood Pressure Awareness Day on February 9 th

TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - You know how old you are, but do you know how old your heart is? To coincide with the launch of its nationwide Blood Pressure Awareness Day on February 9 th, 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 ( shoppersdrugmart.ca/myheartage).

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.

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 i and maintains that knowing your cardiovascular risk profile improves management of blood pressure and blood lipids ii.

Shoppers Drug Mart Blood Pressure Awareness Day:  Another way for Canadians to be Heart Smart

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, Shoppers Drug Mart will also host a Blood Pressure Awareness Day at all locations across Canada.  Canadians are encouraged to take their blood pressure free of charge and discuss their results with the pharmacist who can provide insight on how best to manage their overall heart health.

Blood Pressure Awareness Day participants also receive a Heart Health Logbook or a My Blood Pressure Smart Card, both tools that can help better manage your health by tracking your lifestyle and blood pressure and heart health histories in one place.  The information can be printed and shared with your doctor or pharmacist at regular visits. 

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