New heart check available for the first time in NI
A new non-invasive heart check is now available in the Mid Ulster area, courtesy of CardioHealth NI.
Cardiohealth NI’s director, Davey McCollum from Cookstown has brought the new cardiovascular screening equipment to LSRMF Gym in Ardboe and Falls Chemist in Cookstown.
He says that his screening service is the only one available in Northern Ireland with this state-of-the-art arteriograph, which is designed to detect any damage being done to the heart through lifestyle and diet.
Mr McCollum said: “Ireland has one of the hightest heart disease rates in Europe, one in three people will die from heart attack or stroke. There is a way now available for people to become aware of these health issues.
“We want to make a difference by screening as many people as we can, establishing their individual risk by showing the effects of risk factors on the level of individual and moving away from the widely used approach of making statistics count instead of patients. With our holistic approach of recommending powerful interventions and measuring their effects we believe are giving people hope for the future.”
“The screening takes approximately two minutes, cuffs are inflated on the arms and we measure the pressure changes coming out of the heart, a pressure wave comes out and depending on the nature of that pressure wave we can detect whether they have damage to the arteries and also the blood pressure at the arm,” he explained.
“From that we can deduce someone’s arterial age.
“We screened a man recently who had a history of heart disease who had to be referred to a doctor because his results were very high and he has since been referred to a cardiologist. But it can be a surprise, someone who is young and seems healthy could have arteries that are not so healthy and vice versa. I had another person come in for screening who was about four stone overweight and yet his heart was in great shape, so it really is a case by case thing.”
David recommends anyone with a history of heart disease or diabetes, or anyone who participates in sport to get checked out.
He added: “It’s not just about screening people to see if they have a problem, it’s also about information that will get them healthy again or keep them healthy.”
For more information or to book a screening contact David McCollum on 07942 818538.
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