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Understanding cardiovascular disease…
Find out it if you’re at risk so you can take action now
The heart is a muscular organ that pumps blood around our bodies. The blood travels from the heart in our blood vessels, known as arteries, and returns to the heart via our veins. Over time, arteries can become filled with fatty deposits (cholesterol) making it more difficult for the blood to get through to different parts of the body. These fatty deposits cause as cardiovascular disease: diseases of the heart and circulation.
The good news is that at Lloydspharmacy, we can assess your chances of developing cardiovascular in the next ten years, and actively help you to lower your risk for a healthy future.
The main types of cardiovascular disease are:
- Coronary heart disease., This is when the arteries supplying blood to the heart become filled with fatty deposits. A heart attack can occur when one of these arteries becomes completely blocked, resulting in a reduction of vital blood flow to the heart.
- Stroke. This can be caused when the arteries carrying the blood to your brain become blocked.
- Peripheral vascular disease. This is when the arteries supplying blood to your legs and arms become filled with fatty deposits. The typical symptom is pain which develops in one or both calves, particularly when you’re walking.
Find out today if you’re at risk and take control
Anyone can be at risk of cardiovascular disease, but some people more than others. Here are the risk factors:
- Being over 40 years of age
- Being of South Asian or African-Caribbean descent
- Having any immediate family members who developed cardiovascular disease under the age of 55 if male (eg brother or father), or 65 if female (eg sister/mother)
- Having high blood pressure
- Having high cholesterol levels
- Having a family history of high cholesterol levels
- Being overweight
- Being inactive
- Drinking too much alcohol - more than 2-3 units a day if you’re a woman (maximum recommended 14 units a week), or 3-4 units a day if you’re a man (maximum 21 units a week)
- Not eating the recommended five a day of fruit and vegetables
- Eating too much salt - over 6g a day
Lloydspharmacy Cholesterol and Heart Check Service
We can estimate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the next ten years and give you advice on how to lower your risk. If any of the risk factors above apply to you or you’re at all concerned, pop in and see you pharmacy team today. It doesn’t take long and it will give you total peace of mind.
Available at selected stores. Charges apply.