How old is your heart?

Happy Heart Health Month Canada!

Each February we raise awareness surrounding the risk factors for heart disease and stroke….the number one cause of mortality among Canadians!

Is your heart aging faster than you are?
Find out with the free Cardiovascular-Age Calculator at

If you want to lower your Cardiovascular Age you can also enroll in the
MyHealthCheckUp Community Pharmacy Program…it's also free!

MONTREAL, Feb. 15, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Did you know your heart can age faster than you?  That's right, you might only be 45-years old but your heart might qualify you for the Canada Pension Plan.  Canadians can calculate their cardiovascular age using a simple, free on-line calculator at 

Those who want to lower their risk of heart disease and stroke can also enroll in the MyHealthCheckUp Community Pharmacy Program.  Designed by researchers at McGill University and the University of Alberta, it is free to all Canadians age 30 plus and is ideal for those who want to eat healthier, lose a few pounds and/or be more active.  Research partners include the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Pharmacists Association, with the participation of pharmacists from select Shoppers Drug Mart, and Sobeys/Lawtons pharmacies. The MyHealthCheckUp Community Pharmacy Program is funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)

The program provides participants with access to, a scientifically proven web-based health and wellness program. It also pairs participants with select community pharmacists to help them improve their adherence with prescribed medications and healthy lifestyle habits to reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.  

The study will demonstrate how effectively participants can live healthier by reducing their heart-disease risk factors including: high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, smoking, excess weight, and inactivity.

Results to date have been excellent as experienced first-hand by 54 year-old Teresa M, who has being using the program for the past 12 months.

"The myhealthcheckup program allowed me to take charge and improve my overall health by losing 30 pounds. The website is simple and easy to use. I especially enjoyed the competitive walking challenge which kept me motivated to keep on moving towards the finish line". 

The science is clear…making modest lifestyle changes can help Canadians take years off their Cardiovascular Age and increase their life-expectancy. 

The MyHealthCheckUp Community Pharmacy Program was developed by the faculty and staff of the McGill Comprehensive Health Improvement Program (CHIP) in Montreal and the EPICORE Center, Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The Program's on-line health improvement tools have been evaluated by over 5,000 Canadian adults in numerous research studies published in major medical journals.


SOURCE My Health Check-Up

For further information: To schedule an interview or for more information about the Program or the Cardiovascular-Age calculator please call: Lisa Dutton, Shout! Communications, 514-264-6514

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