Heart disease is one of the world's biggest killers, claiming millions of lives each year. In the UK it is responsible for more than a third of all deaths. More than cancer. Do you know that it kills more women than men? The huge scale of the problem highlights how critical it is for people of all ages and backgrounds to have their risk of developing heart problems assessed by a specialist.
Prevention is key, whether you have already had a heart problem or are concerned that getting older may give you problems in the future. Smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight and diabetes increase the risk. Men often develop CVD at a younger age but more women die as a result of CVD. You are more at risk if there is a history of CVD in your family.
The good news is that a high proportion of heart disease is preventable. Simply lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels can significantly reduce the risk, and preventative therapies are continually improving. So preventing heart disease should be a priority for everyone aged over 40.
This is where The Medical Chambers Heart Health Programme can help with its comprehensive range of assessments designed specifically to identify the risk factors. It is led by Dr Ferruccio De Lorenzo MD PhD CCST, an expert in identifying risk factors and preventing heart disease. You can read Dr Lorenzo's profile by clicking top right.
Advances in prevention happen so fast that we can do no better than to guide you to a small selection of external websites. Here you will be able to find everything you want to know about prevention, symptoms, tests and treatments. CardioSmart is the Patient education website of the American College of Cardiology and will of course give you the American view. British Heart Foundation will give you a lot of information about your heart, tests and treatments. Heart UK will give you indepth information about cholesterol and its effects.