(ABC News) — They say you’re only as old as you feel, and in many respects that might be true, but an online tool suggests that when it comes to heart health, you maybe older than you think.
CDC researchers, working in conjunction with the minds behind the Framingham Heart Study and Boston University, have created an easy-to-use calculator aimed at helping individuals understand their heart disease and stroke risk, and providing tools to help lower that risk. Users provide a few details, their blood pressure, gender, body mass index, and other information, and with a few clicks, your heart age appears.
The tool may not come a moment too soon. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year, the leading cause of death for both men and women. The good news: even if your heart is older than you are, it is never too late to make a health change.
More than six million people worldwide have already taken the test. To take it yourself, click here.