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Healthy Peterborough

Check your heart age

Did you know that your heart age can be older than your actual age?

Use this tool to find out if your heart age is higher or lower than your actual age.

Anyone over 30 can use the tool, even if you don't know your blood pressure and cholesterol.

However, without these numbers, your result will be an estimate and we recommend you get tested to get an accurate result.

The calculator works out your lifetime risk and heart age using information such as your family history of heart disease and your lifestyle choices, including whether you smoke. These risk factors are used to predict how many more years you can expect to live before you have a heart attack or stroke compared with someone without these particular factors – if you don't take action to improve your health.

"The risk calculator can now estimate cardiovascular risk over a much longer period than the 10-year risk," explains Dr Iain Simpson, a consultant cardiologist involved in developing the calculator.

"The problem with the 10-year risk is that it is biased in favour of age and females."

For example, a 35-year-old female smoker with high blood pressure (160 systolic pressure) and a high cholesterol level (7), plus a family history of heart disease, would have a true heart age of 47 and expect to survive to the age of 71 without having a heart attack or stroke. Her 10-year risk would be calculated as less than 2% because she is female and fairly young.

But the lifetime risk calculator shows that if she quit smoking and brought her blood pressure and cholesterol down into the healthy range, her heart age would fall to 30. She could expect to live to the age of 85 before having a heart attack or stroke and more than halve her 10-year risk to less than 0.25%.

"Knowing your lifetime risk allows you to invest in your cardiovascular health for the future," says Dr Simpson.

"This risk calculator aims to give power back to the patient and help them to make more informed decisions about how to manage their risk. It promotes lifestyle changes as early as possible and drug therapy only when necessary for the right people at the right time."

So there are some things about your risk that you can't change – like your age or family history. But the good news is that the most important factors in your risk score are changeable.

What's your heart age? Take the heart age test now.

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  • Peterborough City Council
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  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust