Thursday, April 17, 2014
Is Your Heart Older Than You Are?
− Broward Health Medical Center launches online tool that compares heart’s age to real age −
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (April 7, 2014) – Broward Health
Medical Center announced today the launch of a new online tool, LearnYourHeartAge.com
, that in a few minutes, compares how fast the heart is aging versus the rest of the body.
The tool looks at several factors affecting an individual’s heart health – like family history, exercise, stress, and smoking – calculates their heart’s true age, and then compares it to the same individual’s chronological age. If their heart is older than they are, they may be at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
Dr. Michael Chizner, Chief Medical Director of Broward Health Medical Center’s Heart Center of Excellence, says learning your heart’s age should be a powerful motivator to get people to take their heart health seriously.
“This is an easy concept for patients to grasp,” says Dr. Chizner. “Even though most people are aware that things like quitting smoking and eating healthier can reduce your risk for heart disease, the truth is that heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death in the U.S. Our hope is that if someone spends a few minutes on LearnYourHeartAge.com and sees that their heart age is older than their actual age, they’ll decide it’s time to finally go in for a check-up and make some life changes.”
LearnYourHeartAge.com is live starting today and will be available to the public, free of charge. It is not intended to be a medical diagnosis, nor a substitute for professional medical advice. To reach a Broward Health physician, please call 954-767-5555.
About Broward Health
Broward Health, providing service for more than 75 years, is a nationally recognized system in South Florida that offers world-class healthcare to all. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health International, Broward Health Urgent Care and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.
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