Written by

Fiona Swarbrick - Associate, Head of Medical Negligence

Are you aware of the risk you may be at of having a heart attack or stroke?

To help you better understand the risk you may be at, a regular heart health check with your GP will enable you to fully understand.

According to the NHS your risk level of cardiovascular illness will be calculated and explained to you during the check.


What is involved:

  • Checks will be carried out on your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. This will enable to determine any potential risks according to the
  • A discussion about your history and lifestyle is important part of assessing your risk level, as these factors can all play a part. You may be asked about: your diet, exercise levels, if you smoke or drink alcohol, whether you are maintaining a healthy weight and your medical and family history.
  • Once the tests have been carried out, as risk assessment is provided by your GP using the information to determine the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke in the next 5 years
  • if you are at risk or your GP is concerned about anything on the test, a plan will be set out to support you in reducing the risk factors what may cause disease or heart attacks
  • if you are considered high risk, you GP may prescribe medication to lower your risk, they may also make you a referral to gain extra support

During the check, your heart age is sometimes checked against the heart age tool, if you are aged between 35 and 95 you can take the heart age test here.


Why you should have a test and Benefits

  • Checks can detect issues with your heart health and can help detect underlying causes of heart attacks such as coronary heart disease.
  • The main benefit is understanding your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke is the first step in lowering the risk.
  • You can receive advice on the immediate steps you can take to lower your risk


Who Should have a heart health check?

We encourage anybody to have a heart health check because the sooner underlying conditions are detected the more chance you gave a reducing health risk. However, The NHS recommends that all adults over the age of 40 are encouraged to attend for a vascular risk check.


What To Do If You Believe You Have Received Incorrect Advice Relating to Your Heart

If you are not offered reasonable care or advice around the health of your heart, and this results in worsening condition or an illness begins, you might be eligible for legal support. Legal support of this nature would include advice on what your next steps are, support in making a claim and we can offer you extensive legal support team, who obtain medical records and research your claim in further detail.  We will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that you receive the maximum level of compensation you are entitled to.

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