One in ten men aged 50 taking the Heart Age Test have a heart age at least 10 years older than they are, according to analysis by Public Health England (PHE).
The online test is the only known way of measuring our heart age, which shows how many years we can expect to live healthily without a heart attack or stroke.
The higher our heart age, the higher our risk. Analysis of 1.2 million test results shows the majority of people (64%) with a heart ten years older than their actual age are male.
Every month, 7,400 people die from heart disease or stroke, according to PHE. A quarter of deaths are of people under 75 and most of these can be prevented.
PHE are working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, Stroke Association and Blood Pressure UK, to address how people think about their heart health, encouraging them to be as familiar with their heart age as they are with their weight or height.
For the first time, the test will direct users to their nearest blood pressure station if they do not know theirs, as those with high blood pressure are more at risk of heart disease or stroke.
Dr Mike Knapton, our associate medical director, said: “It’s extremely worrying that so many people don’t know their blood pressure or cholesterol levels, as these silent conditions can lead to a deadly heart attack or stroke if untreated.
“The Heart Age Test is a quick and easy way to estimate the number of years you will live in good health. If you are concerned by the age of your heart, make an appointment with your GP.”
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