If you are 30 or over and living in Merton then One You Merton is encouraging you to take a few minutes out of your day to know your heart age by taking a free online, ‘Heart Age Test’. The test asks for physical and lifestyle related information, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol (if known), and determines if someone’s heart is at a higher age than their actual age.
Having a heart age older than your chronological age means that you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which are the two main forms of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the country.
It is estimated that over 50 deaths a day from these conditions could be prevented if people had a better understanding of their heart health. Each month around 7,000 people die from heart disease or stroke and 80 per cent of these deaths could be prevented (around 19,200 deaths a year). Addressing these changes in midlife will also reduce the risk of dementia.
Modern life can make it tricky to be healthy, but making positive lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, whether this is through stopping smoking, making healthier food choices or increasing the level of physical activity that you do. The heart age test provides advice on how people can achieve these goals.
The Heart Age Test has been completed over 1.9 million times so far and four out of five of those people have a heart age higher than their chronological age.
If you would like to find out YOUR heart age try using the Heart Age test.
If you would like further information about living well visit the NHS Live Well page.
Source: Office of Health Improvement and Disparities
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