Blood Pressure is a Leading Cause of Stroke

Do You Know Your Heart Age?

Blood Pressure

Do you know your heart age?

A recent study by Public Health England suggests that one-tenth of men over the age of 50 have a heart age of over 10 years older, therefore increasing their risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes.

A survey found that 50% of the participants did not know their blood pressure levels and with over 5.5 million people currently living in England with high blood pressure without realising, results are both of no surprise but a great worry.

According to the British Heart Foundation, heart disease is the main cause of death amongst men and the second amongst women.  High blood pressure is known as a ‘silent killer’ and if undetected and untreated, it can lead to a stroke or heart attack.  But did you know that a simple blood pressure test can detect elevated levels and be the first step in helping you to make beneficial lifestyle changes to avoid such health issues.

Here at Healthy Performance, through our onsite health checks, we offer convenient onsite blood pressure checks with our highly trained staff.  We can detect high blood pressure and offer advice on ways to reduce this through simple lifestyle changes. We can also perform checks such as blood glucose and cholesterol, which are other potential risk factors for heart disease.  And our online lifestyle assessment, MyWellbeingCheck, provides a wellbeing age using stress, sleep, diet, activity levels, and other factors and provides further advice on ways to maintain or improve.

Top tips on lowering your heart age

  • Give up smoking
  • Get active
  • Manage your weight
  • Eat more fibre
  • Cut down on saturated fat
  • Get your five-a-day fruit and vegetables
  • Cut down on salt
  • Eat fish
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Know what you’re eating and drinking – read labels on food and drink packaging

These are just a few of the many ways you can improve your overall health.  For information on ways to help improve your employees’ health or to discuss our educational workshops, contact us via our website, email us at team@healthyperformance.co.uk or call us on 0800 170 1777