The findings from Nordic lifestyle brand OG Science + Wellbeing, using the NHS Heart Age Tool, showed 78 per cent of Brits have a heart that is older than them. On average, those tested found their hearts were six years older than their real age. Despite this, 90 per cent of Brits aren’t concerned about their heart health, according to the study. This is because those examined believe they lead a healthy lifestyle, exercise frequently and are a healthy weight, or because they have “never had any issues” with their hearts.
People in their 40s and 50s were found to be among the least heart-healthy in the study, with 86 per cent having a heart that is older than their years.
However, less than one in 10 in this age group say they are concerned about their heart health.
People in their 70s have an average heart age that is 83 per cent older than they really are, followed by those in their 60s with an average heart age that is 82 per cent older.
People in their 30s have an average heart age that is 70 per cent older, while those in their 20s have an average heart age that is 62 per cent older.
For those in their 20s, the average heart age is 31. But a quarter of those examined said they think they have a healthy heart, while the same number say they don’t think about heart health very often.
The NHS Heart Age Tool is designed to test for risk of heart attack and stroke.
Following the revelation of the discrepancies between heart age and real age for the majority of people examined, experts from OG Science + Wellbeing are advising people to take a step towards improving their heart health by upping their omega-3 intake.
Omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA and EPA are essential for healthy heart function, as well as DPA.
OG Science + Wellbeing researchers consider DPA to be the most important omega-3 in the prevention of coronary heart disease and reduction of atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis is the medical name for clogged arteries, which can be caused by having too much cholesterol in the blood.
This can lead to coronary heart disease, which is the leading cause of heart attacks.
“It can be alarming to find that your heart may not be as healthy as you thought,” said a spokesperson for OG Science + Wellbeing.
“But there are lots of easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
“Omega-3 fatty acids are essential in protecting our heart health – they can lower cholesterol levels and even protect from heart attack or stroke.
“You can get omega-3s from oily fish, but with many people not inclined to eat it the recommended once per week, I would advise trying a high quality omega-3 supplement.”
The study examined a sample of 2,000 people in November 2018 who were advised to take the NHS Heart Age Tool and record their results.