Public Health England launch free online Heart Age Test that gives early warning of heart attack and stroke risk

4 September 2018        

Category: Survival and support

We are urging the public to find out their ‘heart age’ with 50 preventable deaths from heart attack or stroke happening every day

a woman measuring her blood pressure

We are supporting Public Health England in their call for adults across the country to take a free, online Heart Age Test, which will provide an immediate estimation of their ‘heart age’. If someone’s heart age is higher than their actual age, they are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Heart Age vs Actual Age

High cholesterol and high blood pressure can both increase someone’s heart age, making them up to three times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.  In England, one in four adults have high blood pressure yet a further 5.6 million are living with the condition undiagnosed,  placing millions of lives at risk of premature death and ill health.

Undiagnosed Risk Factors

The Heart Age Test asks a number of simple physical and lifestyle questions and provides an immediate estimation of someone’s heart age, as well as a prediction of the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by a certain age. It also gives suggestions on lifestyle changes to help people reduce their heart age such as losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising regularly and cutting back on alcohol.

The Heart Age Test has been completed more than 1.9 million times and four out of five (78%) people have a heart age higher than their actual age. Worryingly, 34% have a heart age over five years and 14% at least 10 years over their actual age.

Quick and Easy Test

Simon Gillespie, Our Chief Executive said:

“The Heart Age Test is a quick and easy way to assess your heart health, which could give you the impetus to make healthy lifestyle improvements such a eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly or visiting your GP to talk about your blood pressure.

“Millions of people in the UK are unknowingly living at high risk of a heart attack or stroke due to their lifestyle, their family history of heart disease, or undiagnosed conditions including high blood pressure and cholesterol. Our message today is that it’s never too late to change. Take the test, and if you are concerned by the age of your heart, make an appointment to see your GP.”

Find out your Heart Age now