How old is your heart?

Do you know how healthy your heart is? Public Health England have re-launched their One You Heart Age Test. A free test for the over thirties, it reveals your heart age compared to your real age and gives advice on how to lower it.

Lifestyle-related factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise can increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.

8 out of 10 deaths from heart disease can be prevented. Knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and acting to improve these helps to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and in turn could lower your heart age.

Yousaf Ahmad, head of pharmacy services at Care UK, says that if you don’t know your numbers head to your local pharmacy:

“Regular health checks, including blood pressure monitoring and cholesterol level checks are a vital component to maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Community pharmacy services are well placed to help you conduct and understand these tests and more importantly offer you invaluable advice at improving your overall well-being.”  

Available to do quickly and easily, the heart age test can help bring your heart health, blood pressure and cholesterol top of mind and inspire you to make the crucial changes needed to reduce the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. After all, a few lifestyle changes now could lower your heart age.

Give it a go and find out how old your heart really is.