Adults in Kirklees are being encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to get to know their heart age by taking a free online, ‘Heart Age Test’. This test, from Public Health England, asks physical and lifestyle related information to let the person know if their heart is at a higher age than their actual age.
Having a heart age older than your actual 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.
Nationally, 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)1. In 2016, there were 724 deaths from heart disease and stroke in Kirklees2.
Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Adults over 30 are encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to take the free, online Heart Age Test, which gathers physical and lifestyle related information, as well as blood pressure for a more accurate reading, to provide an immediate estimate of someone’s ‘heart age’. You can get your blood pressure checked for free at most pharmacies.”
In Kirklees, 39% of people that have taken the test and have a heart age of at least five 5 years older than their actual age3.
Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG added: “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.”
To find out your heart age, search ‘Heart Age’ go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/check-your-heart-age-tool/