Redcar_and_Cleveland_Borough_CouncilLOFTUS residents are being encouraged to take advantage of free healthy heart checks taking place every Tuesday between February 23rd and March 29th.

Public health experts from the Tees Valley Public Health Shared Service are working in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council to deliver the checks between 10am and 4pm at the Old Co-op Community Building on Loftus High Street.

As part of a rolling programme of community health checks within Redcar and Cleveland, the checks are available on a walk-in basis and do not need to be pre-booked.

The checks will assess the risk of residents developing cardiovascular disease and consist of a blood pressure and cholesterol check, pulse monitoring, a body mass index calculation and a lifestyle questionnaire.

They are available to anyone aged 40-74 who has not been diagnosed with  cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or kidney disease; is not taking medication for high blood pressure or cholesterol; and has not had a healthy heart check in the last five years.

Cllr Lynn Pallister, Cabinet Member for Health and Housing at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council said:

“The healthy heart check will take about 20 minutes, which could prevent more long term illnesses developing as well as save lives.

“So we are encouraging as many people as possible to take part and receive this fantastic health advice for free.”

If you would like more information on the health checks visit www.healthcheck.nhs.uk.  Some pre-bookable appointments are available by contacting Roxanne Conway on 01642 302782