Living longer and healthier lives

We want our 1 million residents to live healthier and longer lives and during this summer we are encouraging everyone to learn more about their own heart health and the things they can do to improve it.

This dedicated page is designed to be a one-stop shop with resources and links to help you improve your heart health.

What is the Heart Age Test?

The test is a simple online assessment where anyone over 30 can input basic physical and lifestyle-related information to get an immediate estimation of their ‘heart age.’

According to a new analysis of the 1.3 million people who have already used the heart age test, more than one in ten men aged 50 (11%) are living with a heart age that is 10 years older than they are, meaning they are at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

The good news is that your heart age is not set in stone. By making changes to your lifestyle by giving up smoking, getting more active and having a healthy diet you can make a huge difference to your heart health.

Take the Heart Age Test now

Find out your heart age here

Know your numbers

If you’re aged 40 to 74 and not already being treated for cardiovascular disease you can get a free NHS Health Check every 5 years.

During your Health Check, your weight, height will be measured and you’ll find out your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and learn how healthy your heart is.

It is a great opportunity to start making changes that can put right emerging problems and get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active.
Read more about the NHS Health Check.

You can also get your blood pressure checked at a number of places. To find out your nearest Blood Pressure Station click here.

For more information about blood pressure and heart health go to:

http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home

https://www.bhf.org.uk/

What local providers can offer​​

There are many ways to improve your heart health and in BLMK there are lots of organisations that are there to support healthy lifestyle changes like giving up smoking, cutting alcohol consumption getting more exercise and having a healthy diet.

Milton Keynes

https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/adult-social-care/looking-after-yourself

Bedfordshire

http://www.bedford.gov.uk/health_and_social_care/public_health.aspx

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/health-social-care/landing.aspx

Luton

https://www.luton.gov.uk/Health_and_social_care/health/publichealth/Pages/default.aspx