Taksim visitors’ hearts older than they seem

The Turkish Society of Cardiology held a march to mark World Heart Day on Sept. 26.

September 29, 2010, Wednesday/ 16:56:00
Thousands of visitors of İstanbul’s famous Taksim neighborhood have older heart ages than their biological ages.
As Sept. 26 was marked as the World Heart Day, Turkish Society of Cardiology measured the heart ages of 2229 Taksim visitors and found that the heart ages of thousands are four years older than their biological ages on average. The average biological age of those who participated in the calculations was 38 while the average heart age was 42. During the activity, it is seen that 40-something people knew about their cholesterol and blood pressure levels and their heart ages were close to their biological ages.

The Turkish Society of Cardiology and margarine brand Becel held a march before the calculations to draw attention to heart health. Becel and Unilever employees, the society’s members as well as many other people attended to the march that started at Taksim Square to Galatasaray Square on İstiklal Street.

The heart age calculations became the first step into the Turkish Society of Cardiology and Becel’s target of calculating heart ages of one million people until 2020 and of rejuvenating the heart ages three years on average.

Heart age concept, developed by Framingham Institute, is a tool of awareness to contribute to take precautions against cardiologic diseases by comparing the heart age with biological age. The heart age test is completed in about three minutes. The takers of the test are asked questions about their life styles and dietary habits.

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