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Heart Age Quiz
Based on your answers your heart age* is:
*Compared to a person of the same age, gender and ethnicity without raised risk factors.
Great news, you're already on the right path to living a healthy lifestyle.
It is important to have your blood pressure checked every few years, because it changes through your life. High blood pressure rarely has noticeable symptoms but, left untreated, it increases your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Your heart age may be higher than expected because of the following:
Smoking statusHow may smoking affect my heart age?
Smoking doesn't directly cause high blood pressure, but it puts you at much higher risk of a heart attack and stroke. Smoking, like high blood pressure, will cause your arteries to narrow. If you smoke and have high blood pressure, your arteries will narrow much more quickly, and your risk of heart or lung disease in the future is dramatically increased.
Diabetes statusHow may diabetes affect my heart age?
If you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there's either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced doesn't work properly. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels, making them more likely to become narrowed.
Stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney diseaseHow may this affect your heart age?
Chronic kidney disease is a long-term condition where the kidneys don't work as well as they should. Anyone can get it, although it's more common in black people and people of South Asian origin. CKD can be caused by high blood pressure – over time, this can put strain on the small blood vessels in the kidneys and stop the kidneys working properly.
Atrial fibrillationHow may this affect your heart age?
When the heart beats normally, its muscular walls contract (tighten and squeeze) to force blood out and around the body. They then relax so the heart can fill with blood again. This process is repeated every time the heart beats. In atrial fibrillation, the heart's upper chambers (atria) contract randomly and sometimes so fast that the heart muscle cannot relax properly between contractions. This reduces the heart's efficiency and performance. Atrial fibrillation is more likely to occur in people with other conditions, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), atherosclerosis or a heart valve problem.
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Why is this asked?
Men are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD) at an earlier age than women.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels, making them more likely to become narrowed. There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Angina is chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscles. It's not usually life threatening, but it's a warning sign that you could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke. With treatment and healthy lifestyle changes, it's possible to control angina and reduce the risk of these more serious problems.
Cholesterol is carried in your blood by proteins. When the two combine they're called lipoproteins. The two main types of lipoprotein are high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is referred to as "good cholesterol", and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is known as "bad cholesterol".
Taller people naturally tend to have stronger lungs and bigger blood vessels.
Being overweight forces your heart to work harder to pump blood around your body, which can raise your blood pressure. Just losing a few pounds will make a big difference to your blood pressure and overall health.