Do you know your Heart Age?

Ourselves and local NHS partners are encouraging residents to work out their Heart Age using Public Health England's free online tool.

Dr Donna Sager, Director of Public Health and Councillor Tom McGee - Blood PressurePictured above: Dr Donna Sager checking Councillor Tom McGee's blood pressure

The Heart Age Test provides an immediate estimation of their ‘heart age’. If someone’s heart age is higher than their actual age, they are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Cardiovascular disease - with stroke and heart attack being the most common examples, is a leading cause of death for adults in Stockport.

To calculate your heart age more accurately you will need to know what your blood pressure is. As part of the Heart Age campaign and during Blood Pressure UK’s “Know your numbers week” (10th-16th September) many pharmacies are offering free blood pressure checks.

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it has no symptoms. Therefore, the only way to know if you are at risk from a stroke or heart disease is to have a blood pressure check.

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health has done the heart age test and has his blood pressure checked regularly. He said:
“The heart age test is simple and quick to do. It also gives suggestions on lifestyle changes to help people reduce their heart age such as losing weight, (which I am trying to do), quitting smoking, exercising regularly and cutting back on alcohol. I would urge all Stockport adults to do the test, if not for yourself, do it for your family. They’ll be the ones left devastated if you have a heart attack or stroke.”

Dr Donna Sager, Stockport Council’s new Director of Public Health said: “Working out your heart age and having your blood pressure taken costs you nothing. There are thousands of people in Stockport who are in danger of heart attacks and strokes as they are unaware that they are at risk. Once you know your Heart Age the web site gives helpful advice on the small steps you can take to reduce your risk and improve your health.”

• To do the Heart age test search “Heart Age” online
• Ask your pharmacist about a free blood pressure check or contact your GP practice for an appointment
• You can find your nearest free blood pressure check by entering your postcode at Blood Pressure UK Website.