To mark World Heart Day, the BHF, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Choices (NHSC) are encouraging people to use an innovative online tool called Heart Age Tool, to find out how old their heart is and know their cardiovascular risk.
The older a person’s heart age, the higher their risk of a cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or heart attack. A heart age greater than 70 increases the risk significantly.
A new version of the tool launches today with updated interventions and advice. Since launch nearly one million people have used the tool to find out their heart age. From today, the new version of the tool will recommend interventions and advice on how to lower cardiovascular risk. It can show how to reverse the ageing of the heart by, for example, stopping smoking.
A staggering four in five (79.2%) people over 30 have a heart age older than their chronological age, making them more likely to have a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, according to a study of 575,000 people funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).