• 20Feb

    NHS Health check and new ‘heart age’ tool

    Public Health England has launched a new My Heart Age tool on the NHS Health Check website to encourage people to find out the age of their heart.

    Using the new tool, people can find out the age of their heart by inputting simple lifestyle information, such as their weight and whether they smoke, and see how this compares to their actual age.

    The personalised results link with information about what happens at the NHS Health Check, when and how to get one, and how to lower your risk.

    Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England (PHE), said:

    “Too many people are dying prematurely from preventable conditions and there is clear evidence that factors like smoking and high blood pressure play a major role in this.”

    “The heart age tool shows that it is never too late to make healthy lifestyle changes, giving people a chance to see the direct impact these changes can have on their heart’s health.”

    Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said:

    “Knowing your risk of developing heart and circulatory disease is crucial to taking control of your health. Armed with this knowledge you can start to make lifestyle changes to help protect yourself against heart attacks and strokes.”

    You can view the tool here.