Today we’ve launched an online tool in collaboration with Public Health England which allows people to find out the true age of their heart in just a few clicks.
The new tool lets users input simple lifestyle information including their weight, height and smoking habits to see how their real age compares to the predicted age of their heart. Developed by Public Health England, the BHF, Joint British Society and NHS choices, the online resource will allow people to better understand their risk of serious conditions.
The personalised results give people the opportunity to take action to reduce their risk of developing serious but preventable conditions like coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.
BHF funded Professor John Deanfield, a key advisor in the development of the tool, said: “Understanding your heart age can be a real wake up call for people who might be at risk. It can be that all important nudge to take action and make lifestyle changes to improve your heart health.
“If you were saving for your retirement you wouldn’t start when you were 64 years old and the same should go for your health. So get clued using the Heart Age tool and protect yourself for the future.”
Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “Knowing your risk of developing heart and circulatory disease is crucial to taking control of your health. Armed with this knowledge you can start to make lifestyle changes to help protect yourself against heart attacks and strokes.
“February is 'Heart Month', so the perfect opportunity to use our new Heart Age Tool, so why not give it a go and start planning the lifestyle changes that will protect your heart?”
So with Valentines Day approaching we’re encouraging people to give their own heart some love and try out our heart age tool to find out how they match up? And for anyone looking to make healthy improvements to their lifestyle why not sign up to our 'Heart Month 10 minute challenge' – just one small change, every day.