You’ve done research on heart disease. You know the basics about lifestyle, family history and daily habits. But do you know where you score in terms of heart health?
Survivor Amy Heinl admits she was a little clueless about whether she was healthy or not. And when she was diagnosed with heart disease, she was stunned.
“I really couldn’t believe this was happening to me,” she says. “My heart was the last thing on my mind (because) I thought of myself as a healthy person.”
Today, Amy urges women to be proactive about their health before it’s too late. After all, heart disease is preventable with the right information, education and care. Find out where you stand with the My Life Check.
Who should use this tool?
- Anyone age 20 or older who doesn’t already have heart disease or diabetes
- Anyone under 20 with a family member who had heart disease at an early age
What info do I need to use this tool?
- Blood pressure numbers
- Cholesterol levels
- Blood sugar levels
- Height, weight and waist circumference
- Knowledge of your eating and exercise habits
If you don’t have some of this information, don’t worry; the tool has sliders to allow you to estimate. Just remember that your assessment will be much more accurate if you use your own data. So schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to get tested.
Keep in mind that a positive score doesn’t necessarily mean you’re off the hook. Even one risk factor that isn’t treated can lead to a higher risk later in life. And women like Amy, who worked out daily and competed in races prior to her diagnosis, are living proof that you can be fit and be affected by heart disease.
“I think I had to go through this struggle to wake up and realize that things in my life needed to change,” says Amy, who today shares her story because she’s very aware that heart disease can happen to anyone. “But,” she says, “You can survive it. I’m proof of that.”
Knowledge is power. Use our risk assessment tool and get your heart score today.