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Peace of mind

In the UK, around 227,000 people suffer a heart attack each year.

In around 30% of heart attacks, the patient dies

The number of people that are affected by heart disease is increasing

Prevention is not widely practised in the UK, so many risk their future by avoiding tests that could bring potential health threats to light before it becomes a major problem.
The key to prevention is awareness. Most people are unaware of the state of their health until it is too late.

Cavendish Cardio are using the latest British technology, Cardiocheck,which uses a probe on the finger to measure arterial stiffness, a sign of hardening of arteries which gives an indication of the risk of heart disease and stroke.
At the moment doctors use computer programs to predict the risk of developing heart disease based on factors such as smoking and cholesterol levels. But having the risk factors doesn’t necessarily mean you have the damage, and conversely not having them doesn't mean that they are safe. Which is why some smokers live to 90 without a problem, while healthy athletes can sometimes drop dead in their forties?

Inside your arteries, plaque can build up causing restricted blood flow.
When blood flow is cut of to the heart, it can cause a heart attack. If the flow is cut off to the brain, a stroke is possible.
This condition is known as arteriosclerosis, this is completely preventable and in most cases reversible if diagnosed before a potentially fatal cardiac event.

Cardiovascular Cure

What the experts say...

Endothelial function test

"What is it: Endothelial function testing is an exciting new and non-invasive approach to assessing the health of blood vessels. This approach is largely used at research centres and is not yet widely available. However, it will be. I predict that in the next five years, this test will become as common as, and at least as important as, blood pressure measurements."

Taken from "The Cardiovascular Cure" page 246 2002

John P. Cooke, M.D., PH.D is associate Professor of medicine and director of the section of vascular medicine at Stanford University medical school.

The Test- How it works

The Cardiocheck shines an infra-red beam of light into your blood vessels by using a probe that is attached to your finger. It measures the speed at which the pulse travels along the arterial tree. This makes it a powerful non-invasive tool for the assessment of vascular changes. The speed in which it takes the pulse wave to travel along the arterial tree indicates the remaining elasticity in the arteries. Arterial stiffness is an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk.

Preparing for the test

  • Allow yourself time to relax before your test, loosen items of tight clothing i.e. Belts/tight waistbands
  • Fasting: 1 hour before the test have nothing to eat or drink apart from water
  • If you are a smoker refrain from smoking 2 hours before the test
  • The probe is attached to the index finger on the left hand for that reason the fingernail needs to be in its natural state
  • Nail polish removed
  • False nails/Acrylic nails removed

How long does it take?

Although the test takes around 10 minutes to gather the information allow around 30-45minutes.To allow for the heart rate to settle down when you arrive and for your results to be talked through.

I'd rather not know?

This is sometimes the first thought that comes into our head.
By making the logical decision to have the test and receiving the results instantly, gives peace of mind. This in turn allows time to make the necessary changes to improve your health and to gain a greater quality of life.

So what are you waiting for to find out more or were your nearest Cavendish Cardio centre is click here...