Have you had your over 40 heart check?

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GP magazine sent Freedom of Information Act requests to all 151 PCTs in England, of which 118 responded. A fifth said they would fail to meet the compulsory target in 2012-13. Click here to read the full article.

The following are included in the check:

-height, weight, age and blood pressure recorded

-current medication, smoking habits and family history should be enquired about

-blood cholesterol and possibly blood sugar measurement

Jane Payne from Heart UK said "We'd like to see a broader range of sites and opportunities to encourage all eligible people to take up their health check, and not just the 'worried well'."

Coronary heart disease is the UK's biggest killer, causing about 94,000 deaths each year. One in five men and one in seven women die from the disease. If you are over 40, maybe you should ensure that you have had these checks. If you are offered an appointment, it is important to accept it. We are always being told that prevention is better than cure and this is an opportunity to find out if there are any concerns and take steps to ensure that they are dealt with at an early stage.

Patricia Wakeford

Solicitor - Clinical Negligence team

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