Warrington residents have the chance to seek advice on keeping their heart healthy at a free event being run by LiveWire’s Lifestyle team.
LiveWire advisors and health professionals including Warrington Hospital cardiologist Dr Ahmed Farag and representatives from the Eric Moore Health Partnership and British Heart Foundation will all be on hand at a free drop-in event on Wednesday 17th October from 4:00pm-7:00pm at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub.
Residents are being invited to come along and learn more about heart health.
People coming along will be able to do a quick quiz to work out their ‘heart age’, receive stop smoking and other general fitness tips – and there will also be free blood pressure and atrial fibrillation (AF) checks.
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. Sometimes atrial fibrillation does not cause any symptoms and a person who has it is completely unaware that their heart rate is irregular.
AF increases the risk of stroke and heart attack so having it identified is a potentially life-saving move. A similar event held by LiveWire last year saw over 100 people screened, with three being diagnosed as having AF.
Paul Corless, Senior Cardiac Advisor at LiveWire, said: “It’s very important that you have your blood pressure and pulse checked regularly, especially if you have a family history of heart disease. High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke and not everyone can show symptoms.
“Simple ways to reduce your blood pressure are to lose weight, reduce alcohol consumption, eat a healthy diet, exercise and reduce your salt intake. The LiveWire Lifestyle team can help you achieve this.
“Our event is open for anyone to come along for a blood pressure check, pulse check and advice about reducing your risk of a heart attack.”
For more information visit www.livewirewarrington.co.uk/lifestyles or call 0300 003 0818.