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Health Checks

Our Health Checks involves cholesterol check, blood sugar testing, body mass index

We use a  range of routine health tests which are quick, simple and carried out by a pharmacist. The results will give you a clearer picture of your health and your risk of developing heart disease or stroke over the next ten years.

Your personal history
Some people are more likely to develop vascular disease than others. Therefore, the check will involve a brief personal history and a review of some key personal details, such as:

  • age: older people are at an increased risk
  • ethnicity: some ethnic groups, for example, south Asians and Afro-Caribbeans, are at an increased risk
  • smoking status: smokers are at increased risk
  • alcohol consumption habits
  • family history: if there’s a history of these diseases in your family, then you’re at an increased risk
  • physical activity: people who are physically inactive are at an increased risk

The tests
In addition to this review, we will carry out a few routine tests:

  • Cholesterol test and blood sugar level test. Cholesterol is a vital fat for the proper functioning of your body. There are two kinds of cholesterol and too much of one kind in the blood can narrow the arteries, which can lead to vascular disease. Your health professional will take a sample of blood from one finger and test it for cholesterol.The results such as total cholesterol,  HDL level and blood sugar level are known in a few minutes.
  • Blood pressure test. This is the pressure that your blood exerts on the walls of your arteries as it moves through them. High blood pressure can weaken the walls of your arteries, increasing the risk of blockage or breaking, which can lead to heart disease, stroke and vascular kidney disease.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a measure of whether you are a healthy weight for your height. People who are overweight are more likely to develop vascular disease.

Your results
The results of your  Health Check will give you a clearer picture of your health and your risk of suffering a stroke or developing heart disease. There will be time to discuss your results, and you’ll be offered personalised advice on how to maintain or improve your health.

Understanding your results: risk
We use the same criterias that GP’s use to determine your 10 year risk. Your results will place you in one of three risk groups: low, medium or high.

Take action
After the Health Check, you’ll be given personalised advice that will help you to maintain or improve your health, and lower your risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

By taking action you’ll improve your chance of a longer, healthier life.