Are you at risk of heart disease? Use an online tool to find out

Release Date: 29 September 2017

People are urged to use an NHS online tool to find out their heart age and their risk of heart attack and stroke this World Heart Day.

To mark the international day on 29 September, Richmond Council and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group are encouraging people to use an innovative online 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.

Currently cardiovascular disease causes more than a quarter (27%) of all deaths in the UK, around 155,000 people each year, and coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer. The online tool can help motivate people to think about how at risk they are before problems develop and what they can start doing to reduce it.

Cllr Mark Boyle, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, said:

“Knowing your heart age is vital to taking control of your health. Armed with this knowledge, you can start to make changes to help protect yourself against life changing events such as heart attack and stroke. The younger you start making small but significant changes, the better your health will be.”

Dr Graham Lewis, Richmond CCG chair and local GP added:

“Even though you may not have symptoms, having a heart age higher than your own age indicates an increased risk of serious illness. The heart age tool gives an immediate indication of a person’s potential risk and what they can start doing to reduce it.

If you are over 40, the NHS Health Check is an invaluable opportunity to discuss your heart health with a healthcare professional”.

Take the Heart Age Test

Notes for editors

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Reference: P447/17

Updated: 2 October 2017