Take a Heart Disease Risk Assessment with Life Line Screening
The 16-22nd of September marks Know Your Numbers! Week, organised by leading charity, Blood Pressure UK. An estimated 16 million people in the UK are affected by high blood pressure1 yet a further 5 million people have the condition but are currently undiagnosed.2 High blood pressure doesn’t necessarily present any symptoms; the only way to be sure of your risk is to get checked regularly. Getting your blood pressure checked provides an assessment of personal risk and hopefully the encouragement to make positive lifestyle changes if your numbers are high.
Take a Heart Disease Risk Assessment and know your numbers. For anyone wanting reassurance, Life Line Screening (www.lifelinescreening.co.uk) the leading experts in preventive mobile community health screening recommends their comprehensive heart disease risk assessment. The package includes an in-depth analysis of your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels – essential factors in the detection of heart-related diseases.
High blood pressure often occurs when arteries lose their elasticity through hardening caused by cholesterol or scarring. This puts extra strain on the heart, making it work harder to pump blood throughout the body. Every week, Life Line Screening screen around 1,300 people across the UK and Ireland, and last year alone, more than 5,000 people screened had raised cholesterol.
“High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for stroke, heart attack and heart disease which can give rise to premature deaths and preventable disabilities,” says Dr John Coltart, Medical Director at Life Line Screening. “Every four minutes, someone in the UK suffers from a stroke or heart attack where high blood pressure has been shown to be the key cause each year3.”
The good news is that once you’ve had your reading checked, there are many ways to control your blood pressure, either through simple lifestyle changes or medication. Dietitian and health coach Andrew Wilson is nutritional advisor to Life Line Screening and is on-hand with expert advice.
Here are 6 steps from Andrew to help you lower blood pressure naturally:
- Keep as active as possible, and include regular exercise as part of your lifestyle
- Try to cut down on processed foods, and in particular ones with high salt content. The lower your salt intake, the better
- Fruit and vegetables counteract high blood pressure, so aim for your 5-a-day
- Make time to relax, unwind and release the stress. Stress is a major cause of high blood pressure
- Easier said than done, I know – but try to lose those excess pounds if you are overweight
- Quit smoking!
If you’re interested in taking more control of your health, visit www.lifelinescreening.co.uk for more information about health screenings or www.lifelinescreeningblog.co.uk for exclusive lifestyle advice.