Cholesterol and Heart Check Service

Millions of people across the country are at risk of developing heart disease. What many people don't realise is that it can often be prevented by taking simple steps to look after your heart.

The Cholesterol & Heart Check Service at LloydsPharmacy identifies how likely you are to develop heart disease in the next ten years and helps you to prevent it. Visit your local store for a free check-up.
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What happens during the service?

We will check your total cholesterol level. This will include your “good” cholesterol level (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, also known as HDL), which refers to the cholesterol that is carried away from the cells to be broken down or passed through the body. Also, your “bad” cholesterol level (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, also known as LDL), which is the cholesterol that is carried to the cells. If there is too much cholesterol in the blood for the cells to use, it will build up on artery walls – this is what can put you at risk of heart disease. Additionally, we will take your blood pressure and review your lifestyle, including: …

  • Whether you smoke
  • Your alcohol consumption
  • Your activity levels

The results of your check-up will be available immediately and you'll receive a personalised action plan highlighting the simple steps you can take to keep your heart healthy, such as:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Increasing activity levels
  • Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat
  • Monitoring your blood pressure
  • Having a medicines check-up if you are taking medication for any other condition

You may then be asked to attend a follow-up appointment to assess how you are doing against your action plan.

Who is the service for?

The service is for anyone over the age of 18*, but if you fall into one of the following categories, we strongly recommend that you have a Cholesterol & Heart Check:

  • You are over 40 years old
  • You are of South Asian or African Caribbean origin
  • You have any immediate family members under the age of 55 if male (e.g. brother/father) or 65 if female (e.g. sister/mother) who have/had heart disease
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You are a smoker
  • You are overweight
  • You have a family history of high cholesterol levels
  • You lead an inactive life


Do I have to make an appointment?

In most cases you don't need to make an appointment, the test can be done there and then. Occasionally, at busy times, you may be asked to make an appointment.

How long does the service take?

It takes around 15 minutes.

Will I have to pay for the service?

Yes, it costs £15

What do I need to do next?

Visit your local LloydsPharmacy and ask for the Cholesterol & Heart Check Service.

Further Information

For For more information on cholesterol and heart health, visit the British Heart Foundation website.

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