Yesterday’s Acorn blog, on how to measure your ‘heart age’, touched on high blood pressure, sometimes called “the silent killer” because it often has no symptoms yet can be extremely serious.
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How old is your heart? The obvious answer is that it’s as old as the rest of you, but in reality there are many lifestyle factors which can damage your heart and mean your ‘heart age’ is significantly higher than your actual age.
It will soon be time for older people to start thinking of getting a flu vaccine, as winter approaches, but figures just published show last year’s vaccine was largely ineffective in the over-65s.
More family doctors will be recruited from overseas as NHS England strives to meet the growing shortage of GPs.
Late last year, dementia overtook heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, highlighting an urgent need to find new ways to detect the condition early and to treat it.