Each one of us has proof to determine our age, but is there any way to find out the REAL age of our heart? Well, the answer is YES. But what’s the need? Well, after the sudden demise of actor Sidharth Shukla due to a heart attack, it has been established that there could be a difference between our heart’s age and your age. That’s why on this World Heart Day, we want all of you to pay attention to your heart health.
Did you know? There are various factors that can help you determine the age of your heart. Yes, the age of a person’s heart is dependent on things like their blood pressure, smoking, as well as weight.
“You will be shocked to know that your heart may be older than you actually think, and this can also tell you about the possibility of any heart disease. Thus, it is imperative to adopt a healthy lifestyle for the sake of your heart,” advises Dr Bipeenchandra Bhamre, cardio-thoracic Surgeon, Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai.
Calculating your heart’s age will help you understand various risk factors that are a cause of strokes or heart attacks. Some of the common risk factors for heart disease include your age, BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, diet, physical activity, and smoking. A younger heart age can indicate that your risk of heart disease is low. If the age of your heart is higher, you will have to embrace healthy lifestyle changes.
1. Do you feel chest pain after walking for a while?
If yes, it’s a concern. Chest pain on exertion indicates that there is a problem with your heart and your heart muscles are ageing. “Heaviness in the chest, left shoulder pain or sometimes, back pain are all indicators. If these symptoms show up after walking, you should meet your cardiologist and investigate for heart issues”, suggests Dr Bhamre.
2. If you can climb stairs without getting breathless, your heart is still young
It is common to breathe heavily, when you climb stairs or exercise, right? This happens due to an accelerated heart rate. But if you are in your prime and still pant after a few minutes of exercise or when you climb a staircase, you are in serious trouble, as that’s a sign of your heart getting old.
“If you often find it difficult to climb or exercise, and feel restless, fatigued or have breathing problems, it indicates a problem with your heart,” suggests Dr Bhamre.
3. Feeling nauseous all the time means that your heart is ageing
If you feel nauseous, have digestion issues, heartburn, and stomach pain all the time – it’s a sign that your heart is ageing. It really doesn’t matter what your actual age is.
4. Skipping a heartbeat suggests that your heart is an oldie
“This happens when you are excited, right? But, in those with heart problems, atrial fibrillation is a common occurrence. This means the heart is ageing. This will need immediate attention of a doctor,” suggests Dr Bhamre.
5. Sweaty palms are a sign of an old heart
Do you tend to sweat when the weather is cold outside? It can be a matter of concern and a sign that your heart is in danger. This is a sign that something is not right with your heart.
So peeps, is your heart young or not?