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Public Health England’s online Heart Age Test sparked debate when it launched in September. So is it a useful tool or will it cause more harm than good?

The aim of the Public Health England (PHE) online Heart Age Test, which was developed in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation and University College London, is to provide people with information on their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

But, is it a useful tool to remind people to make healthier choices, or is it a gimmick that has potential to cause distress resulting in increased demand for GP appointments? TM asked four pharmacy professionals for their thoughts. Here’s what they had to say…


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