A FREE online Heart Age Test could make residents aware of an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. 

Public Health England is calling for adults in the north west to take the test which will provide 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 cardiovascular disease (CVD) with stroke and heart attack being the most common examples. 

The condition is the leading cause of death for men and the second leading cause of death for women. 

And in the north west, there are around 8,096 deaths from heart disease and 4,243 deaths from stroke each year.

It is estimated that around a quarter of these deaths are in people under the age of 75 and 80% of those are preventable if people made lifestyle and behaviour changes to improve their heart health.

Knowing their heart age helps people to find out whether they are at risk and consider what they can do to reduce this risk.

High cholesterol and high blood pressure can both increase someone’s heart age, making them up to three times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.

The Heart Age Test asks a number of simple physical and lifestyle questions and gives suggestions on lifestyle changes to help people reduce their heart age such as losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising regularly and cutting back on alcohol.

The Heart Age Test has been completed more than 1.9 million times across England.

Completed tests in the North West, show that 78% people have a heart age higher than their actual age.

Worryingly, 35% have a heart age over five years and 16% at least 10 years over their actual age.

Charlotte Simpson, Healthcare Public Health Consultant at PHE North West, said: “Taking a Heart Age Test could help you to live a healthier, longer life and it can be done in the comfort of your own home.

“Tens of thousands of people across the country are at risk of cardiovascular disease but don’t realise it. Knowing your heart age is a simple way of finding out whether you’re at risk of a heart attack or stroke. By making important lifestyle changes you can reduce your risk before it’s too late.”

Take the test by clicking here