Healthy heart checks

A FURTHER round of free healthy heart check sessions are being launched after a first batch of appointments was snapped up almost immediately.

Hartlepool Borough Council has joined forces with local NHS officials to offer the checks at a number of locations around the town.

A recent event at the Belle Vue Centre was a huge success and two others, one in the Community Safety Office in York Road on Wednesday, February 22, and another at the Hartlepool People’s Centre on Wednesday, February 29, are fully booked.

A second nurse has now been drafted in for the event at Hartlepool People’s Centre, meaning that twice as many appointments are available and can be booked by calling (01429) 861144.

Additional events are also planned for the Belle Vue Centre on Friday, March 2, and the Salaam Centre in Murray Street on Monday, March 19.

Appointments for the Belle Vue Centre can be made by calling (01429) 221832 and anyone wishing to attend the Salaam Centre should call (01429) 284297.

To be eligible for a check, people must be aged 40-74 and have no existing cardio-vascular disease.

They must not be on medication for high blood pressure or cholesterol and should not have undergone a check in the last five years.

Qualified nurses carry out the half-hour checks which involve measuring people’s cholesterol, height and weight, blood pressure, salt intake and alcohol consumption.

People will also be asked to complete a lifestyle questionnaire, and where necessary they will be referred on to their GPs for further treatment. Appointments are allocated on a first come-first served basis.