Take our quiz to discover your heart disease risk

Take our quiz to discover your heart disease risk
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This quiz, from KWAI supplements and Dr Paul Stillman, will give you an idea of your risk of heart disease, based on certain lifestyle factors. Simply answer the questions, and add up the points you get for each, which are next to the answers.

  • How old are you?                                      

15-20 years old  (1)
20-30 years old (2)
30-40 years old (3)
40-50 years old (4)
Over 50 years old (5)

  • What is your Body Mass Index (BMI)? Use the graph below to help you.

Below 18.5 (1)
18.5-25 (2)
25-30 (3)
30-35 (4)
Over 40 (5)

  • Approximately how much physical activity do you do in an average week (remember to include walking to and from work, walking the dog, time at the gym and swimming pool, etc)?

None  (5)
½ to 1 hour  (4)
1 ½ to 3 hours   (3)
3 ½ to 5 hours   (2)
5 ½ to 8 hours   (1)
Over 8 hours   (0)

  • How often do you participate in aerobic exercise (running, jogging, walking, aerobics at the gym)?

Never   (5)
Once a month   (4)
Once a week   (3)
2-3 times a week  (2)
Daily  (1)
Twice daily  (0)

  • How often do you move fast enough to increase your heart rate and breathe faster?

Never  (5)
Once a month  (4)
Once a week  (3)
2-3 times a week  (2)
Daily (1)
Twice daily  (0)

  •  Assuming that you have some exercise as in question 5, to what extent can you talk to someone while you are doing it?

Very easily  (0)
Easily  (1)
Somewhat easily  (2)
With some difficulty  (3)
With difficulty  (4)
Not at all  (5)

  • Which of these things do you try to do? Take one point off your score for each one.

Eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables every day    (-)1
Keep your fat intake within the recommended levels (but don’t cut it out completely    (-1)
Keep your saturated fat intake within recommended levels    (-1)
Keep your sugar intake within recommended levels   (-1)
Keep your salt intake within recommended levels   (-1)

  • How many servings of oily fish (such as sardine, salmon, mackerel, herring, fresh tuna) do you eat each month?

Never eat oily fish   (5)
Maybe one   (4)
One or two   (3)
Two   (2)
Three   (1)
Four or more   (0)

  • Which one of the following do you eat regularly, that is at least once a week. Take one point off your score for EACH one.

Walnuts    (-1)
Soya beans   (-1)
Flax/linseed    (-1)
Rapeseed oil   (-1)
Spread or other fortified with omega-3   (-1)

  • When cooking savoury dishes how often do you use garlic?

Never    (5)
Once a month or less   (4)
Once a week   (3)
2-3 times a week   (2)
Daily   (1)

  • Do you take any of the following dietary supplements? Take one point off your score for each one.

Cod liver oil    (-1)
Fish oil   (-1)
EPA/DHA   (-1)
Garlic   (-1)
Multivitamins   (-1)

  • If you take a supplement, how do you choose it?

I don’t take a supplement   (1)
I pick the cheapest one    (0)
I pick a brand I have heard about   (0)
I pick a supplement I have been recommended by a friend  (0)
I look for specific ingredients   (0)

IF YOU SCORED

  • Less than 10 points

Well done. It looks as if your diet and exercise routine is good in terms of keeping your heart healthy. But you need to keep on taking care of your heart and cardiovascular system especially as you get older. That means thinking about what you eat, how you cook, what supplements you take as well as how you exercise and so on.

Whatever your age, you should aim to eat a healthy diet including fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and if you enjoy it, lean meat and oily fish with some dairy produce.  Remember too the importance of exercise and aim for 30 minutes five times a week. If your doctor says you are fit enough, then aim to make some of your physical activity sufficient to increase your heart rate.

You could also consider taking a supplement, particularly garlic.  The choice of garlic supplement is important. To be effective in reducing cardiovascular risk a garlic product which is scientifically proven should be effective in releasing the active ingredient, allicin.  KWAI garlic releases 1800mg of allicin per dose. A recent study review which looked at KWAI garlic, revealed that such a preparation reduces LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and improves platelet function as well as having an antioxidant function, all features which contribute to reduced cardiovascular risk

  • 11-30 points

Beware – you cardiovascular risk may be increased. Think hard about your diet and how you could improve it. Look particularly at your fat and sugar intakes. Could you reduce your intakes? What about your fibre and fruit and vegetable intakes?  Can you eat more wholegrains and more fruit and vegetables? Aim to eat oily fish once a week. Consider taking a high quality and well studied garlic supplement like KWAI. KWAI garlic is proven to reduce triglycerides (a type of blood fat that is bad for the heart). There is also evidence to show that a high quality garlic supplement with at least 1.8mg of allicin such as KWAI reduces blood pressure and cholesterol providing overall protection for the heart.  The potential for a garlic preparation to release allicin is key to its ability to produce cardiovascular benefits. KWAI garlic, the most well researched of garlic supplements, releases 1.8mg of allicin from each 300mg standardised dried garlic per tablet.

 Another simple and sensible step if your diet is missing minerals such as magnesium, potassium as well as B vitamins is to take a supplement that’s high in these nutrients. The unique formulation of KWAI Blood Pressure provides high potency magnesium and potassium in combination with other cardio-kind ingredients such as in vitamins B6, B12 and iron.
Some experts believe that increasing dietary potassium and magnesium, in parallel with salt reduction, may be as effective as some medicines used for tackling hypertension.

If you have concerns about your cardiovascular risk, consider seeking the advice of your GP too.  Your GP may want to check your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels.  You may benefit from additional physical activity. Check with your doctor what level of activity is most appropriate for you. If you smoke, think hard about stopping or gradually reducing the amount you smoke. Consider using an NHS smoking cessation service as these can be successful in helping people quit.

  • More than 31 points

Your heart health is not as good as maybe it could be. If you are worried by your score and want further help, see your GP. Your GP will be able to give you a full heart MOT and advise you about an appropriate exercise pattern and diet.

Pay particular attention to your diet. Aim for a healthy weight, plenty of fruit and vegetables and wholgrains. Limit your fat and sugar intakes. Aim to eat oily fish once a week and consider taking a high quality, KWAI, garlic supplement. KWAI garlic is proven to reduce triglycerides (a type of blood fat that is bad for the heart). There is also evidence to show that a high quality garlic supplement with at least 1.8mg of allicin such as KWAI reduces blood pressure and cholesterol providing overall protection for the heart.  The potential for a garlic preparation to release allicin is key to its ability to produce cardiovascular benefits. KWAI garlic, the most well researched of garlic supplements, releases 1.8mg of allicin from each 300mg standardised dried garlic tablet.

Another simple and sensible step if your diet is missing minerals such as magnesium, potassium as well as B vitamins is to take a supplement that’s high in these nutrients. The unique formulation of KWAI Blood Pressure provides high potency magnesium and potassium in combination with other cardio-kind ingredients such as in vitamins B6, B12 and iron.

Magnesium and potassium both play an important part in cardiovascular health, but studies suggest they are even more effective when they’re taken together.

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