The World Health Organisation states that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) kill well over 500,000 people a year in the UK, a staggering 89% of all deaths. The biggest risk is cardiovascular disease, which generally refers to conditions that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. It’s the cause of 25% of deaths from NCDs.
It’s a terrifying statistic, but importantly the good news is that it’s a risk that can be controlled and drastically reduced. The biggest risk factors for cardiovascular disease are the usual suspects:
- Physical Inactivity
- Obesity & Poor Diet
- Excess Salt Intake & High Blood Pressure
- Harmful Use of Alcohol & Smoking
Most of us accept that we need to control these factors already, it’s not like they’re especially novel. (If you’re not concerned about your health and are resigned to an early death we wish you well!)
But other than bodyweight how do you measure both your starting point and your progress at home? That’s a problem a lot of people face when trying to improve their health. Has the damage been done already? How healthy has your diet really been over the last few years? Has doing more exercise made a difference?
If you want to take an accurate, trackable measure of your cardiovascular health then we recommend you take a cholesterol and CRP test. This measures the levels of specific fats in your blood including triglycerides and 'Good' and 'Bad' cholesterol. It also assesses low levels of inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease and increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.
We offer this test for just £69, with results processed in the same labs as hospitals and primary care providers and results delivered in as little as 24 hours.
Dr Kate Bishop, Vitall’s testing expert explains: "New developments in self-testing kits mean that people can check their health from home. It’s a lot quicker than making a GP appointment and we insist on professional testing services to give equal quality and accuracy."
Vitall are pleased to offer you £10 off this - or any other test - using code GET10 at checkout. Kits are usually posted the same day, your sample is easy to take and is returned to a professional laboratory in a pre-paid envelope.
What's even better is that your results and a detailed personal report is sent to you securely online. Unusual or abnormal results are highlighted and clearly explained, giving you maximum reassurance and control of your health.
If you’re worried about cardiovascular disease, don’t waste time - get tested now.
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