Know Your Heart’s Age With The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Online Calculator | County Chief of St George and Sutherland
If you think your actual age reflects the “age” of your heart, you may be wrong.
New health data from the Heart Foundation shows that seven in 10 Australians under their 50s have ‘older’ hearts.
This is the foundation’s online heart age calculator, used by everyday Australians curious about how their ticker moves. The calculator compares an individual’s heart age with biological age, in order to better understand the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Heart disease is the leading killer in the country, killing 45 people every day.
People in their 30s and 40s are of greatest concern according to those who took the test online.
Analysis of a sample of over 71,000 heart age test results for Australians aged 35 to 49 showed that one in eight in this group had a heart age of at least six years older than his actual age.
Almost 60 percent did not know their blood pressure and more than four in five (82 percent) did not know their cholesterol level. This equates to roughly 2.9 million Australians in this age group not knowing their blood pressure and four million not knowing their cholesterol level.
Of those who knew their numbers, one in four had high blood pressure and two in five had high total cholesterol.
The Heart Foundation’s executive director of heart health, Bill Stavreski, said the startling results show why heart disease needs to be on the radar.
“Many young Australians who have been tested have risk factors for developing heart disease. Equally worrying is that most do not know their blood pressure or cholesterol levels,” said M Stavreski.
This complacency can be fatal, as high blood pressure and cholesterol are the two main risk factors for heart disease and stroke. These conditions often have no obvious symptoms.
âTaking care of your heart and managing your blood pressure and cholesterol now can help prevent irreversible damage later in life. “
Mr Stavreski said young adults need to start thinking about their heart health and not just assume that heart disease is only a risk for people over 50.
âThere are many modifiable risk factors for heart disease that you can treat before they contribute to full-blown heart disease in the future,â Mr. Stavreski said.
âWhile there are some risks that you cannot change – such as age, gender, ethnicity, and family history – there are other risks that we can all take steps to reduce, including maintenance of a healthy weight, physical activity and freedom from smoking; and management of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. “
Overall, nearly four in five people between the ages of 35 and 75 have had a cardiac age that is higher than their actual age.
“This represents a staggering number of Australians who could be a time bomb for a heart attack or stroke,” Mr Stavreski said.
âIt’s encouraging that two million people have used the Heart Age Calculator to find out more about their risk for heart disease, but this is only the first step.
âIf you’re 18 or over, we recommend that you have your blood pressure checked at least every two years and your cholesterol checked at least every five years. If you are 45 and over, or over 30 for Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, you should have them monitored as part of a regular heart checkup. “
The appeal comes after the Heart Foundation reported a dramatic drop in heart health screenings during the pandemic.
âThese heart age test results reinforce the fact that Australians should no longer postpone these checks, especially those who have skipped appointments due to COVID-19,â Stavreski said.
âThe good news is that there is a lot you can do to lower your risk of heart disease and lower your heart age. Your GP will help you take the necessary steps to improve your heart health, which may include changes in your diet, exercise, and perhaps taking medication. “
The calculator works by taking a person’s answers about their age, gender, smoking and diabetic status, height and weight, cholesterol level and blood pressure and whether they are taking any medications to control them, and if close family members have had a heart attack or stroke. 60 years.
It provides a Heart Age, which is an initial indication of a person’s overall risk for heart disease relative to a healthy range. A heart age that is greater than a person’s biological age may indicate a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.