Why is my Heart Age important?

The Wellpoint uses the QRisk®3 algorithm to give a 10 year risk of heart disease. By asking a number of health questions, and by taking the measurements taken on the kiosk, the algorithm can work out the percentage chance of you having heart disease in the next 10 years. For example, if you get a QRisk Score of 2%, that means that out of 100 people like you (the same age, gender and ethnicity), 2 will have heart disease within the next 10 years.

The kiosk also gives you the typical score for people like you, so you can see if you’re more or less likely to suffer from heart disease than average.

To make this a bit easier to understand, we also translate it into a ‘heart age’. Put simply, if your heart age is less than your actual age, you’re doing well and are less likely to have heart disease. If your heart age is greater than your actual age, you’re at an increased risk of heart disease and might want to consider some lifestyle changes to reduce that risk.

If you smoke, have diabetes, have a family history of heart disease, or suffer from some other specific medical conditions, these can all contribute to a higher heart age, as can high blood pressure or being overweight. Try making some lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking, increasing exercise or losing weight, to help reduce your heart age.

Remember to go back to your Wellpoint kiosk and take you health metrics regularly so you can track your progress.