What is your heart age?
Your heart age is an easy way of seeing how your health and lifestyle may affect your heart. You can calculate your heart age by answering a few simple and quick questions on the app below.
Why is it important?
Working out your heart age helps you understand how likely you are to have a stroke or a heart attack. Ten percent of men over 50 have a heart age that is 10 years older than their actual age. This means they have a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke. Coronary Heart Disease (the blocking or interruption of the blood supply to the heart) is the biggest cause of death in the UK and so it's important to look at ways to keep your heart healthy.
After you have answered a few questions, which only takes a minute or two, the app shows you areas of your lifestyle where you can make changes to improve your heart age.
What can you do?
Some risk factors are beyond your control, such as age, family history of heart disease and sex, however there are other aspects of your lifestyle that you can improve to lower your risk.
To reduce your heart age you can:
- Quit smoking
- Manage your weight
- Lower your cholesterol level
There are many online resources available to help you manage this. The British Heart Foundation have a range of downloads including a series on how you can reduce your risk of heart disease in just 10 minutes a day.
How we can help
Making a lifestyle change like this can be daunting, but you don't have to go it alone. You can either make an appointment with your GP to discuss your concerns or alternatively you can contact our Healthy Lifestyle Service. Whether you're looking to stop smoking, get more active or lose weight, the Lifestyle Service can help you to achieve your goals. They are not here to judge your choices or make you feel bad. Everyone has to start somewhere, and what better time than right now?