The Bupa Heart Age survey results are in


Some people say they put their heart and soul into their work. Well, according to the Bupa Heart Age survey, it appears that in some occupations they leave more of their heart in the workplace than in others – and that’s not entirely a good thing.

The Bupa Heart Age survey shows that Australia has the second youngest “heart age” of surveyed countries (just behind Thailand). High-five Australia!

The survey – which Bupa used to calculate a person’s heart age and compare it with their real age – also found a person’s job to be related to their heart age. It shows that teachers and medical professionals’ hearts are the “youngest” and manual workers’ hearts are the “oldest”, compared to their real ages. Plus, smokers’ hearts are up to eight years older than their real age, on average.

You might also be interested to know that for Hearts at Work, a campaign created by Bupa and the World Heart Federation, over 60,000 consumers globally took a heart age check. The check calculated the user’s heart age and compared it with their real age, based on personal health details such as blood pressure, family medical history, and lifestyle risk factors such as smoking.

The survey found that workers who aren’t offered workplace health initiatives can have a heart age up to 1.7 years older than their real age.

If you want to find out how your heart rates, you can take the quick and easy heart age check here:

How does your industry’s heart age rank?

Good news for medical professionals; they performed the best with a heart age 1.7 years younger than their real age on average.

On the other hand, manual workers and employees within the transport and logistics and construction sectors were found to have the oldest heart age, with lifestyle risk factors for heart disease such as smoking being extremely common within these industries.

It’s important to note that nearly a third (30%) of manual workers who took the heart age check smoked vs. 13% of medical professionals – the lowest smoking rate out of all professions who did the check.

You can find more information about your industry’s heart age here:

Jobs with the youngest heart age Average difference between physical age and heart age
Medical based profession -1.7 years
Teaching and education + 0.1 years
Law + 0.3 years
Finance + 0.3 years
Tourism and sport + 0.9 years
Jobs with the oldest heart age Heart age increase
Manual labour + 3.4 years
Transport and logistics +3.3 years
Construction + 2.9 years
Engineering and Manufacturing + 2.5 years
Retail and sales + 1.6 years

How does Australia rate?

You’ll be happy to know that Australia recorded an average heart age of -0.4 years, the second youngest out of the surveyed countries. This was primarily due to a low instance of Australian smokers who took did the check (less than 1%).

Thailand just beat Australia with an average heart age of -0.5 years, largely due to respondents having a healthy BMI. In comparison, the average BMI of Australian participants was 26.2, which is considered overweight.

On the other end of the scale, Chile ranked worst with an average heart age of + 2.13 years. Chile’s high heart age can partly be attributed to the high rates of smoking in that country with 27% of the Chileans who did the check being smokers.

You can find out more about how countries ranked here:

Country Heart age increase / decrease compared with real age
Chile + 2.13 years
Greece + 2.0 years
France + 1.4 years
Spain + 1.3 years
UK + 1.1 years
Slovakia + 0.9 years
Poland + 0.3 years
US + 0 years
Australia – 0.4 years
Thailand – 0.5 years


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