About Your HEART NUMBERS
Your heart numbers are two of the most important numbers you
need to know because they give you an idea of how healthy your
heart is and the effect your lifestyle is having on your body.
When you know your heart numbers you can:
Find out your risk of having a heart attack or stroke over the
next five years
Create your own Heart Health Plan to improve your heart
What are your numbers?
The numbers you need to know are:
1. Your Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure is a measure of how hard your heart has to
pump blood around your body. Ideally your blood pressure should be
less than 130/80. To find out more about your blood pressure, click
here to be directed to the Heart Foundation's website.
2. Your Cholesterol Ratio (TC/HDL)
Cholesterol is a type of fat (called a "lipid") that is found in
your blood. Too much of it can build up in the walls of your
arteries, narrowing your arteries and increasing your risk of
having a heart attack or stroke. Click here to
find out more about your cholesterol ratio (you will be
redirected to the Heart Foundation's website).
How To Get Your Numbers
Ask your GP or practice nurse for a Heart Health check.
They'll check your blood pressure and will either do a blood test
on the spot, or will refer you to a lab for the blood test to check
your cholesterol levels.
It may take a while for your doctor or nurse to receive your
blood test results from the lab. They will usually call you
when they get the results back.
When you get your results, come back to this website and do the
Your Heart Age
Forecast online tool. Using your real numbers you can
create your own Heart Health Plan to help you manage the health of
your heart, and to help reduce your risk of heart attack or
While you're waiting to get your numbers, you can still do the
Your Heart Age
Forecast (using estimated numbers) and you can sign up
for a basic Heart Health Plan. This way we can chase you up
with a reminder email to make sure you've taken the steps to get
your real numbers!
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