Heart Disease & Stroke Risk (Metabolic Syndrome)
Metabolic syndrome is the medical name given when somebody has a combination of any three of the five following medical conditions: abdominal obesity or a high BMI, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides and low high-density lipoprotein.
According to the British Heart Foundation, heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, accounting for more than 160,000 deaths each year. In 2010, just below one in five male deaths and one in ten female deaths were from the disease.
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the UK, and since more than 150,000 people in the UK suffer a stroke each year, identifying your risks as early as possible may help reduce this figure.
In isolation, each condition tested in this check can be dangerous for your health. But when combined, your risk of serious illness vastly increases. Most of the conditions associated with metabolic syndrome have few symptoms, although if your blood glucose levels are very high, you may experience some symptoms associated with diabetes, like increased thirst or frequent urination. About 25% of UK adults have metabolic syndrome, and the risk of developing the condition increases with age. A combination of being overweight, having raised glucose and triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol levels and high blood pressure increases your risk of suffering heart disease or stroke far beyond what would be expected from each of the markers individually. Your risk also increases if you have cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or polycystic ovary syndrome. Heart disease is still the number 1 killer in the UK and, sadly, many people with heart disease are not aware of their risk factors until it’s too late. Research indicates most cases of premature death caused by heart disease are completely preventable, so understanding your risks whilst you still have an opportunity to reduce them makes this assessment all the more important.
All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.