World Heart Day 2015: Are you taking your heart health seriously enough?

29 September 2015 -

Dr Steve Iley, UK Medical Director, Bupa UK

Today marks World Heart Day 2015, which aims to bring more understanding and awareness around heart disease - the number one cause of death worldwide.

With almost half of the world’s population now in employment and people staying in work for longer than ever before, the workplace is the ideal platform to improve awareness and understanding of heart health. 

I’m proud that we’ve launched new research to mark World Heart Day, which has actually shown that those who work within an environment where employers pioneer workplace health initiatives – such as gym access and cycle to work schemes – tend to have healthier hearts.  Small changes in businesses needn’t cost the earth and can have a big impact on employee health – for example providing free fruit, or encouraging employees to walk to work are both low-cost ways in which a workforce can be encouraged to lead healthier lives.

It’s also become clear that there is a correlation between different types of jobs and heart health – teachers and medical professionals’ hearts are much ‘younger’ than the hearts of those who work in manual labour jobs or in transport and logistics.

You can check how your heart age compares to your actual age through our new Hearts at Work tool, which we have launched today in collaboration with the World Heart Federation. You can also use the link to find tips for improving your heart might be a worrying number at first, but making even the smallest of changes can really have a huge impact on your heart health.

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives. 

With no shareholders, our customers are our absolute focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

We have 16.5m health insurance customers, provide healthcare for 10.6m people in our clinics and hospitals, and look after around 25,000 aged care residents.

We employ over 80,000 people, principally in Australia, the UK, Spain, Hong Kong, Chile, Brazil, Poland, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, India and the USA.

Health insurance is around 70% of our business. In a number of countries we also run clinics, dental centres, hospitals and care homes and villages.
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