The heart is a fragile, yet important organ of the body. Some people have even wondered what the size of their heart is. I know for sure that the heart size of an athlete is most likely going to be bigger than that of the average, non-athlete.
However, I remembered my anatomy class, when we studied the heart, we were told that to know the approximately the size of your heart, you have to make a tight fist… the size of your fist, is approximately the size of your heart.
Of course there are exceptions to this rule of thumb, especially in athletes etc.
THE REAL AGE OF YOUR HEART
The age on your birth certificate may say one thing, but the age of your heart is likely significantly older. A person’s heart age is based on risk factors like blood pressure levels, whether they smoke and how much they weigh.
In the new study, the researchers analyzed data collected from every state and from the Framingham Heart Study and estimated that about 69 million U.S. adults had a heart age older than their actual age. For men, the average heart age was about eight years older than their chronological age; for women, their hearts were an average of five years older than their real age.
The researchers found some notable demographic differences. Heart age was highest among black men and women: black men had hearts three to four years older than white and Hispanic men, while black women had hearts five to seven years older than white and Hispanic women. Southern adults also had notably higher heart ages overall.
In the report, the study authors argue that heart age is a simple way to convey heart disease risk to their patients—one that might motivate Americans to adopt heart-protective lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, eating better or exercising more often.
REAL AGE OF YOUR HEART FROM TIMES.com