Consider the portrait of a thriving, healthy heart: It’s a shade of deep crimson, perfectly symmetrical and a Valentine’s Day staple.
But that perfect, glee-inducing heart is an ideal, and we all know the human heart looks nothing like that. (Right?) Still, it’s a benchmark, but are we all on the same track to heart health?
The Healthy Heart Score was developed by a group from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health. The app, which requires users to fill out a personal survey, is designed to detect cases that are at high risk of cardiovascular disease.
We know, having access to that kind of information at your fingertips is a lot to take in, and we wouldn’t blame you for thinking about something else, like the weather or Kim Kardashian. But getting your score is pain-free and about as easy as getting your blood pressure taken at a pharmacy, so why not just do it?
This calculator assesses based a number of factors, from smoking status, level of physical activity, height, weight, alcohol consumption and diet. The team says that the score isn’t meant to eliminate pre-existing scores, but it is meant to complement other population-specific analyses.
Of course, if you are concerned about the ol’ ticker, it makes sense to see a doctor and not consult a website. This is an early detection calculator at most, so don’t rely on it entirely to keep your heart beating. You still there?