February is National Heart Month and West Sussex County Council is encouraging residents to make heart health a priority. Most adults aged between 40 and 74-years-old are entitled to a free NHS health check.
National Heart Month, run by British Heart Foundation, aims to raise awareness of heart and circulatory diseases. The health check available across the county at participating GP surgeries, pharmacies and community clinics can help identify the risk of developing these problems.
The checks take around 30 minutes and include a cholesterol test and blood pressure check. They also discuss family history and lifestyle factors.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing Christine Field said: “It is National Heart Month, and this provides a timely reminder that we can all take action to improve our heart health.
“Having a health check is a chance to reassess your lifestyle and look at changing any factors to improve your health for the future.
“It’s important that we take steps to protect ourselves and I would urge anyone who is eligible to book themselves an appointment. It could make a real difference.”