Parkes Pharmacy are encouraging all those who wish to learn more about their risk of heart disease to go to the pharmacy on 23rd May. Three pharmacists will be available to answer any questions and assess your risks, just turn up or call to make a booking.
The good news is that heart disease is largely preventable. There is no single cause for heart disease, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing it.
What is my risk of heart disease?
Sometimes a heart attack will be the first sign that something is wrong. This is why it’s important to know your chance of having a heart attack or stroke- so you can take the steps to prevent one. It’s recommended that your overall risk be assessed to determine your personal heart and stroke risk score. Our Health Heart Check will look at some of your risk factors and give you your own risk score which you can share with your doctor.
What’s involved in the health heart check?
Our Health Heart Check involves a sit down consult with your pharmacist to check your absolute risk of getting cardiovascular disease. Your absolute risk is your chance, as an individual, of getting cardiovascular disease which includes all heart disease, stroke and heart failure.
To assess your risk our pharmacist will conduct the following tests and measurements:
- Total cholesterol
- Blood pressure measurement
- Assess your smoking and diabetes status
- Calculate your cardiovascular disease risk score
All results can be provided in a report for you to share with your doctor. Many of these tests and measurements can be provided as an ongoing service to our patients and results recorded and tracked over time. Be sure to make the most of the 3 pharmacists who will be available on the 23rd May!