Coronary Heart Disease is the leading cause of death of adults in the UK. Everyone has a different personal risk of developing heart disease based on a wide range of lifestyle factors, as well as family history of the disease. In most cases simple changes to your lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, therefore it is important to find out whether you are currently at risk.
Heart disease is often thought of as a more 'male' illness, however it is actually the leading killer of women in the UK causing more deaths per year than breast cancer. There are many factors which contribute to your risk of developing the disease; you are more like to develop heart disease if you smoke, have high blood pressure, have high cholesterol, have an sedentary lifestyle and/or are overweight. It is also true that people from certain ethnic backgrounds (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka) are more likely to develop heart disease, as well as people with a family history.
Our Heart Disease Risk Checks give you an accurate indication of whether your current lifestyle is putting you at risk of developing heart disease. Although having high cholesterol is widely regarded at a strong indication of potential heart disease, our heart disease risk checks measure your ratio of HDL to LDL ('good' to 'bad') cholesterol as well as other indicators such as the levels of triglycerides in your blood which cause atherosclerosis (the blocking of the arteries by fatty deposits). The range of tests involved in our Heart Disease Risks Checks work together to give you an accurate picture of your current heart health and your personal risk of developing heart disease, allowing you to make better informed decisions about your lifestyle.
Although Heart Disease is the UK's biggest killer, there are many simple changes everyone can make to reduce their personal risk of developing the condition. You may feel generally well and be a healthy weight, but still be at risk of developing heart disease for other reasons; our Heart Disease Risk Checks provide you with the information you need to make better lifestyle choices, or seek medication.
Most people are unaware that they may be suffering from heart disease as until they have a heart attack, heart disease has few, if any symptoms.
However, you should see a doctor if you suffer from any of the following symptoms: