Heart Foundation - Know Your 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 health


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 stroke.

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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