According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2017 an average of 21 Australians every day died from heart attack, while 22 a day died from stroke. Australians of all ages are impacted with more than 30,000 Australians under the age of 55 having had a heart attack that has affected their lives for at least six months.
The Heart Foundation has released a new tool to help people understand their risk of heart attack or stroke by comparing their ‘heart age’ to their actual age. The Heart Age Calculator is for Australians aged 35 to 75 years who do not have a known history of heart issues. It asks questions about age, sex, smoking and diabetes status, Body Mass Index, blood pressure levels and if they take medication, cholesterol levels, and whether there is a close family history of heart attack/stroke before the age of 60. The answers are analysed to determine if a person’s heart age is above, equal or below their actual age. The Calculator helps people understand their own risks and provides advice on what to do next.