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Heart Failure Risk

Your advanced heart risk test looks to establish your risk of heart failure. Heart failure usually occurs because the heart muscle is too weak to pump blood at the right pressure. Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped – it means that it is not working effectively. Around 900,000 people in the UK have heart failure

Heart failure is the condition in which the pumping action of the heart is failing to keep up with the demands of the body. Symptoms include:

• Shortness of breath

• Swollen ankles

• Tiredness/fatigue

• Weight gain

• Dizziness

• Rapid heart rate

• Coughing/wheezing

• Loss of appetite

Recognition and treatment of heart failure, with drugs such as ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers, can improve symptoms and may protect against progression of the condition.

Your check for Heart Failure

BNP (Brain natriuretic peptide) is a hormone secreted by the heart in response to stress and we have measured the levels of this in your blood. It can be used in the assessment of possible heart failure. If your BNP level is standard a diagnosis of heart failure is unlikely. Conversely, high levels warrant specialist investigation and echocardiogram.

How to prepare

You do not need to fast prior to your test but you are advised to wear loose fitting clothing as we will need to take a blood sample.

How much does it cost?

Your Advanced Heart Risk test costs just £99 – call us on 0800 652 2173 to book your test today.

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