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Is your heart healthy

Is your heart healthy?

25 September 2015

October is national Cholesterol Month and the council is urging people to get their heart health checked at one of the many health check sessions running throughout October.

Over half of adults in the UK have high blood cholesterol. This can cause dangerous problems for your heart health, and increases your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

This is why the council is calling on people to get their cholesterol checked as part of a heart health check during Cholesterol Month.

It is particularly important for people aged 40 and over, or for those with a family of high cholesterol. Many people don’t know that their cholesterol is too high in the first place, leaving the condition untreated.

Cllr Rob Waltham, cabinet member for Health and Strategic Projects, said:

“National Cholesterol Month is a great opportunity to have a conversation with your community health checks nurse at one of the health check sessions. If your cholesterol is too high, it’s very important to bring your levels down by looking at making health changes to your lifestyle. You may think your cholesterol is fine, but it is always better get it checked. Go along to one of the NHS Health Check sessions and get your heart health checked. It will only take 20 minutes of your time and could make a huge difference to your life.”

Vicky Ellis, NHS Health Checks Co-ordinator (NLAG), said:

“I would encourage people to have their NHS Health Check as conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and diabetes do not necessarily cause any symptoms.  Also, it’s important for people to know what their ‘good’ cholesterol level is as it’s vital for heart health. So take control and help your heart stay healthy.”

To be eligible for a NHS Health Check you must live in North Lincolnshire, be aged between 40 and 74 and not already being treated for pre-existing medical conditions including:

  • heart problems

  • high blood pressure/cholesterol

  • stroke

  • kidney disease

  • diabetes

Health checks are taking place at:

  • Scunthorpe Wellbeing Hub, Alvingham Road on Thursday 1 October from 10am to 4pm
    Central Library, Scunthorpe on Friday 2 October from 10am to 4pm

  • Holy Souls Church, Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe on Tuesday 6 October from 10am to 4pm

  • Scunthorpe Congregational Church, Ferry Road West on Thursday 8 October from 10am to 4pm

  • Crowle Community Wellbeing Hub on Friday 9 October from 10am to 4pm

  • St Oswalds Church Hall, Station Road, Keadby on Tuesday 13 October from 10am to 4pm

  • Park Library, Avenue Vivian, Scunthorpe on Friday 16 October from 11am to 5pm

  • Keadby and Althorpe Working Men’s Club, Station Road on Thursday 22 October from 12pm to 6pm

The health checks are held on a drop-in basis but appointments can also be made by calling 01724 292170.

The tests are carried out on the day and you get your results there and then with an explanation as to what they mean. The health checks nurse can refer people to other services including the health trainers and GPs. They can also signpost to other services that might be useful.

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First Published:25 September 2015