Public Health England has relaunched the Heart Age Test in collaboration with NHS England, the British Heart Foundation (BHF); and with support from the Stroke Association (SA).
This test encourages adults aged 30 and over to take a few minutes out of their day to take the free, online ‘Heart Age Test’, which asks physical and lifestyle information, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol, for a more accurate reading, to provide an immediate estimation of someone’s ‘heart age’.
Having a heart age older than your chronological age means you are at a greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke; the two main forms of cardiovascular disease. To help people better understand the danger of having a higher heart age, the test also predicts the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by a certain age.
Modern life makes it hard to be healthy but knowing your heart age can help adults make the first step towards making lifestyle changes which will reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. Each month around 7,000 people die from heart disease or stroke, equating to 84,100 deaths a year in England.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise, can increase someone’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease; the Heart Age Test also offers tips and advice on how people can look to improve their heart health.