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Don’t delay your heart health check

How likely are heart attacks in your 40s and 50s? How can you protect your heart?

If you’re 45 and over, you should book your Heart Health Check at Next Practice today. Having a regular Heart Health Check will help you understand your risk of a heart attack and get the support you need to lower this risk.

What should you expect in a Heart Health Check?

· Testing

o We will check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels

· History and lifestyle

o Your lifestyle plays an important part in your risk of heart disease. We’ll discuss factors such as your diet, physical activity, if you smoke or drink alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight, medical and family history.

· Risk assessment

o Your doctor will use this information to assess your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

· Make a plan

o If needed, we will work with you to create a plan for improving your risk factors for heart disease and keep track of your heart health.

How can you protect your heart?

1. Get a heart health check

2. Improve your nutrition

3. Reduce salt in your diet

4. Exercise regularly

5. Quit smoking