PHE tackles heart health in new campaign
New analysis from Public Health Englandâ€™s (PHE) Heart Age Test shows many have a heightened risk of a potentially fatal heart attack orÂ stroke. TheÂ studyÂ of 1.2m test results also reveals thatÂ the majority of people (64%) with a heart 10 years older than their actual age are male.
As a result PHE is encouraging adults to take threeÂ minutes out of their day to take the Heart Age Test. A new version of the test forms part of PHEâ€™s One You campaign, which supports adults in making simple changes towards a longer, happier life. People who take the test will be referred to apps, advice and resources to help them eat and drink better, get active, and quit smoking to improve their heart health.
The campaign runs throughout September in partnership with cardiovascular charities British Heart Foundation, Stroke Association and Blood Pressure UK. For the first time, the test will direct users to their nearest blood pressure station.
Associate Professor Jamie Waterall, Lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, PHE, said: â€œWe should all aim for our heart age to be the same as our real age - addressing our risk of heart disease and stroke should not be left until we are older. The Heart Age Test is really important as it gives an immediate idea of heart attack and stroke risk, with no doctorâ€™s appointment needed.â€
You can take the Heart Age Test here.