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BHF urges people to use Heart Age Tool to find out their risk of heart attack and stroke this World Heart Day

29 Sep 2016

To mark World Heart Day, the BHF, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Choices (NHSC) are encouraging people to use an innovative online tool to find out how old their heart is and know their cardiovascular risk. The older a person’s heart age, the higher their risk of a cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or heart attack. A heart age greater than 70 increases the risk significantly.

A staggering four in five (79.2%) people over 30 have a heart age older than their chronological age, making them more likely to have a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, according to a study of 575,000 people funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), published today in BMJ Open.

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