Treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease has improved dramatically over the last two decades. However, conditions such as heart attacks, heart failure and stroke remain the leading cause of death in the UK, particularly amongst men (hyperlink to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-profile-for-england/chapter-2-major-causes-of-death-and-how-they-have-changed).
Such alarming statistics often do not cause enough concern because the figures reflect the average risk of the population but cannot be used to establish individual risk (“…it will never happen to me!”). Do you know what the chances are that you might suffer a cardiovascular event (heart attack, stroke, etc) within the next 10 years? This chance represents your individual cardiovascular risk, and it can be estimated based on a series of questions and some simple diagnostic tests.
People often act too late. The aim of prevention is precisely to stop any serious heart disease from occurring, before the damage has already been established. Determining your individual cardiovascular risk allows you to identify potential treatable conditions, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure and focus your efforts on adopting strategies to reduce your own risk, for example by losing weight and stopping smoking.
During a preventative consultation, Dr Ricardo Petraco will establish your own individual risk, discuss in details what you can do to reduce it and explain whether any more tests are advised or any specific therapy is needed.