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4 in 5 people over the age of 30 have a heart age older than their actual age
September 29, 2016
Heart Age Tool reveals four in five people have hearts older than their actual age
To mark World Heart Day, the BHF, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Choices (NHSC) are encouraging people to use an innovative online tool to find out how old their heart is and know their cardiovascular risk.
According to BHF research nearly 80 per cent of people over the age of 30 have a heart older than their actual age, putting them at higher risk of a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke.
The study, published in the BMJ Open, looked at 575,000 users of the heart age tool over the course of six months. The research found that nearly nine in ten men under 40 (87 per cent) had a heart older than they were, compared to 41 per cent of women. Of these, over a quarter (28 per cent) had a heart age greater than their chronological age by at least five years.
The research also found people were unaware of their own cardiovascular risk factors. Four in five people (78.8 per cent) did not know what their cholesterol levels were, and almost half (49.5 per cent) did not know or input their blood pressure.
Dr Mike Knapton, our Associate Medical Director, said:
"Knowing your heart age is vital to taking control of your health. Armed with this knowledge you can start to make changes to help protect yourself against cruel and life changing events such as heart attack and stroke."
"Research has shown that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise, as well as a lack of investing in your future health and fitness all contribute to increasing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease."
John Deanfield, BHF Professor of Cardiology who led the development of the Heart Age Tool, said:
"Our research shows that helping people to clearly understand their risk of heart disease, and the lifestyle and medication options for lowering it, can empower them to make significant improvements to their heart health with the potential to last a lifetime."