Can an online test really tell if you have a healthy heart?
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HEALTH chiefs in England this week launched an online “heart-age” test, which is claimed to reveal people’s risk of a heart attack or stroke. Public Health England (PHE) says that if a person’s heart is “older” than their age, they are at increased risk and should consider diet and lifestyle changes. PHE says that of 1.9 million who have already tried the test, 78 per cent had hearts older than their age. In 14 per cent, their hearts were 10 years older. But critics say the test – which asks simple physical and lifestyle questions – could create unfounded alarm by basing estimates on incomplete data. It asks for accurate measurements of blood pressure and cholesterol, but if these are not available, it seems to assume abnormal values, potentially overestimating heart age. “I just entered this as a 30-year-old with no risk factors, and it told me to get cholesterol and blood pressure-tested,” tweeted Margaret McCartney, a family doctor in Glasgow, UK. “Where is [the] evidence of benefit?