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Are you worried what you are going to do your arteries this Christmas? If you are one of the many people who are increasingly buying ‘functional foods’ that claim to help lower cholesterol you may have noticed they are burning a hole in your pocket. It might be a better and more economical idea to check your cholesterol levels at your local pharmacy first. You could even be pleasantly surprised by the result.

If you are worried that your cholesterol levels might be high Vantage Health Watch is now offering a cholesterol screening service which is a quick, painless ‘pin-prick’ test carried out by a highly qualified pharmacist.

Ajit Malhi, a pharmacist and Professional Services Manager for Vantage Health Watch, says, “People find their local pharmacy an easy and convenient way to check and look after their health. There is no need to make an appointment; you can just drop in when it suits you.”

High cholesterol levels, left unchecked, can lead to coronary heart disease which is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the UK. It affects 3.5% of the UK adult population and kills more than 128,500 people each year, of which almost 50,000 are under the age of 75.

More than 1.4 million people in the UK suffer from angina and about 300,000 people have a heart attack each year. Coronary heart disease accounts for about 3% of all hospital admissions in England.

Ajit continues, “Increased awareness of coronary heart disease can only be a good thing. We can advise on appropriate lifestyle changes and provide medication if necessary. We work closely with local GPs and will always refer a patient if it is required.

“Pharmacists offering the Vantage Health Watch cholesterol screening service are highly trained and will look at a person’s overall health, lifestyle, family and medical history.”

It is a not only cholesterol levels that need to be considered when checking your health. Additionally, there are services that cover linked issues such as the Vantage Health Watch smoking cessation, weight management or blood pressure monitoring service.
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For details of your nearest pharmacy offering Vantage Health Watch services please contact please contact Andrew Potter on 020 7569 3044 (email: or Tina Fotherby on 020 7569 3042 (email: at The YES Consultancy.

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