A health and lifestyle check is an assessment of you general health to highlight any risk factors you might have and advice around how you could lessen those risks.
As part of the check our pharmacist will:
Ask you some simple questions about your lifestyle
Measure your, Blood pressure, Heart rate, Cholesterol, Blood Glucose& Body mass index (BMI)
Ensuring you live a healthy lifestyle and monitoring for any health risks can make a big difference to your health, general well-being and ultimately your life expectancy. It can reduce the risk developing a cardiovascular disease (CVD) including angina, stroke, heart attack and type 2 diabetes.
Why should I have a health check?
We recommend you fast for twelve hours before the test to get an accurate blood glucose and cholesterol reading. We recommend you wear a short-sleeved top, as it’s easier to get an accurate blood pressure reading if there are no clothes affecting the blood flow on the site being measured. We recommend you rest for at least five minutes beforehand to get an accurate blood pressure reading.
High blood pressure
High blood pressure also called hypertension, if not treated or kept under control it is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
If high blood pressure is left untreated for a long time, it can also lead to kidney failure and even damage your sight. However, many people don’t know they have it because it doesn’t usually cause any obvious symptoms, gaining it the nickname the ‘silent killer’. That’s why all healthy adults over 40 should have their blood pressure checked at least every five years.
Low blood pressure
Low blood pressure might need investigation. At a low level oxygen and nutrients carried by the blood may not be reaching all the body’s tissues. This may lead to symptoms such as fainting, dizziness, blackouts or confusion.
Too much cholesterol in your blood presents a major risk of developing a cardiovascular disease (CVD), which include angina, stroke and heart attack.
Only a blood test will tell you if your cholesterol levels are raised. We can check your total cholesterol level with a a quick and painless
What exactly will the check tell me?
process that involves taking a one large drop of blood from the finger tip which is then tested in a machine. If your cholesterol is high we can advise on how to reduce it or suggest a referral to your GP.