Spotlight: How old is your Heart?

July 28, 2015

According to Benefitspro, around 75% of the population has a “heart age” that’s greater than their chronological age. Just in case you don’t know what a person’s “heart age” is, the CDC defines it as “the calculated age of a person’s cardiovascular system based on his or her risk factor profile. The risks include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes status, and body mass index as an indicator of obesity”.

According to Benefitspro, around 75% of the population has a “heart age” that’s greater than their chronological age. Just in case you don’t know what a person’s “heart age” is, the CDC defines it as “the calculated age of a person’s cardiovascular system based on his or her risk factor profile. The risks include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes status, and body mass index as an indicator of obesity”.
All of these tools, and more, can be found when you log into the Anthem.com website, under the “Health & Wellness” tab located across the top of the page, within the “Wellness Tool Kit” sub-section.

  1. Health Assessment: Determine your overall health status by completing the MyHealth Assessment. Identify your health risks and see how your health compares to other members.
  2. Health Assistant: Take action toward your health goals with a holistic approach to behavior change. Select goals, track your progress, gain key insights, and create a plan that works for you. You can choose goals such as “Conquer Stress”, and “Quit Tobacco”.
  3. Health Trackers: Use Health Trackers to chart your health measurements over time. You can track items from “blood pressure” and “Calories Burned”, to “Non-Fasting Blood Sugar” and “Tobacco Use”.

You can read more about your “heart age” here.