Heart Health

Services available at Parkside Medical Centre

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Clinic

Patients with CHD are offered an annual review in the nurse led heart clinic with our cardiac nurse, usually in the month of their birthday. Here we will support you in managing your heart condition to ensure that the quality of your health remains well, in order to reduce your risk of death, heart attacks and hospital admissions. We will review your risk factors, discuss lifestyle changes, review your medications, perform relevant blood tests and arm you with the knowledge you need to manage your condition.

Heart Failure Clinic

If you have heart failure you will be called for an annual review around the time of your birthday month. You will have a blood test first and then an appointment in heart clinic with our cardiac nurse. Here we will support you in managing your heart condition to ensure that the quality of your health remains well, in order to reduce your risk of death, heart attacks and hospital admissions. We will review your risk factors, discuss lifestyle changes, review your medications, and arm you with the knowledge you need to manage your condition.

INR Clinic

If you are on warfarin you will need your INR blood level done regularly in our INR clinic. We run one-stop INR clinics twice weekly, on a Tuesday and Friday morning. Patients on warfarin will be invited to attend, have their finger pricked and the blood tested to determine their clotting (INR) level. The nurse will then alter the dose of warfarin if necessary and arrange the next appointment.

Useful Information & Advice

Types of Heart Disease

Cardiovascular Risk

Cardiovascular risk scoring gives an estimate of the probability that a person will develop cardiovascular disease within a specified amount of time, usually 10 to 30 years. Because they give an indication of the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, they also indicate who is most likely to benefit from prevention. For this reason, cardiovascular risk scores are used to determine who should be offered preventive drugs such as drugs to lower blood pressure and drugs to lower cholesterol levels.

Check out your cardiovascular risk using this scoring calculator.

If you have a HIGH cardiovascular risk your doctor may recommend you to start on a Statin or aspirin, see these leaflets for more information: