Heart Health Check
As the world’s biggest killer, cardiovascular disease claims around 110,000 lives in the UK alone every year but most people do not know that they are at risk until a heart attack, stroke or aneurysm rupture occurs. Early detection can enable lifestyle changes and preventative action to be taken to lessen the risks and slow or even halt progression of the disease.
Am I suitable for a heart health check?
A Heart Check is suitable for men over 40 years and women over 45 years. However, you may particularly benefit if you:
- have a family history of heart disease or stroke
- have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol
- are significantly overweight
- smoke or have ever smoked heavily
- your lifestyle is mainly sedentary, with little or no exercise
- get regular cramping pains in your legs after walking a short distance.
Patients who have had previous cardiac intervention (angioplasty, stent or surgery) or any previous cardiac problems should seek the advice of their GP or a Consultant Cardiologist.
Before you can have the Heart Check you must read and complete the form included in the Coronary Calcium Scoring Patient information sheet and return this to the Diagnostics Department.
You can send the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively come into the Diagnostic Department and ask for a member of staff to give you a form to complete.
Key features of the heart health check
- Calcium scoring – a short, pain free CT scan to check for any build-up of calcified deposits and blockages in the coronary arteries which cause heart attacks.
- Carotid artery screening – one of the main causes of stroke is a narrowing of the carotid artery in the neck, which is the main blood supply to the brain, due to the build up of fatty deposits. This can be detected at an early stage by ultrasound scanning.
- Aortic aneurysm screening – as we get older the wall of the aorta in our abdomen becomes weaker, in some people it can then start to expand and form an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Screening consists of an ultrasound scan of the abdomen to detect an aneurysm by measuring the diameter of the aorta on the screen.
Tests reported on by specialist consultant radiologists.
Fast test results.
A personalised health report and practical action plan to keep.
Onward referral and rapid-access to consultants and specialists, if necessary.
The whole process takes approximately one hour. Consultant Radiologists, with a special interest in cardiovascular disease, will report on your diagnostic scans. We will contact you within 3-4 days with the result.