How old is your heart?
More than 200 thousand people took part in the online test "Measure the age of your heart!"
The All-Russian online test "Measure the age of your heart!", created by leading specialists of the Russian Society of Cardiology (RKO) together with Bayer, was passed by more than 200,000 people (31% men, 69% women) aged 21 to 95 years from 85 subjects of Russia. The project was launched as part of the Pulse of Life social and educational program in order to assess cardiovascular risk and promote a healthy lifestyle. The test allows you to compare the biological age (indicated in the passport) with the real "age of the heart". The parameter "age of the heart" is conditional and was created by cardiologists specifically to assess the state of the human cardiovascular system. Thus, the discrepancy with the biological age by 3 years indicates the presence of at least 3 risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD).
According to the test results, the average age of the project participants "according to the passport" was 43 years, and the average "heart age" was 48 years. This indicator of age discrepancy may indicate the presence of several risk factors for CVD, which leads to an increase in the cumulative cardiorisk.
It is important to note that the discrepancy between the "age of the heart" and the "passport" age for 2021 is 5 years, which is 1 year more than for the period of 2020.
"Now, when we see depressing data on the increase in mortality from diseases of the circulatory system, it is very important to tell the population about the need to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, the risks of CVD can very quickly lead to really serious consequences and diseases. I hope that with the help of projects such as the online test "Measure the age of your heart!", we will be able to inspire Russians not to take their health for granted, but to appreciate and strive to improve it," said Evgeny Vladimirovich Shlyakhto, President of the Russian Cardiological Society, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The TOP 5 most common risk factors contributing to the development of CVD included:
Low physical activity: 72% of test participants take less than 10,000 steps a day, 68% exercise for less than 150 minutes a week;
Excess body weight is observed in 59% of those who passed the test. Of these, 34% have pre-obesity, 16% have grade 1 obesity and 9% have grade 2 and 3 obesity.
Burdened heredity: 47% of participants have close relatives who have experienced CVD before the age of 65;
Smoking: 22% use tobacco (including cigarettes and tobacco heating systems);
Elevated cholesterol: 17% of cholesterol levels exceed the permissible norms.
The results of the study demonstrated that cardiorisk increases with age. So, in the group of 21-30 years, the difference between the "age of the heart" and the "passport" age is 4 years, and in the group of 65 years and older – 8 years. This is mainly due to an increase in the number of risk factors. For example, with age, people gain excess weight: the average body mass index (BMI) of test participants in the group of 21-30 years is 24.6, and in the group of 65 years and older – 28 (with a norm of 25).
Among other risk factors that negatively affect the cardiovascular system: the presence of concomitant diseases (in 15% of test participants), elevated blood sugar (14%) and blood pressure (13%).
"There are basic indicators that can be used to judge the state of a person's cardiovascular system. Among them, the level of cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, physical activity. Everyone can monitor these risk factors, but not many people think about how important it is. The "Measure the age of your Heart!" test was created to remind hundreds of thousands of Russians to take care of their health and prevent dangerous diseases of the circulatory system," commented Irina Lavrova, Director of Communications and Relations with state and public organizations and Sustainable Development at Bayer.
Anyone can take an online test and check themselves for the presence of CVD risk factors. To do this, follow the link and answer the test questions: https://www.heartbeatrussia.ru/en/node/231.
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