Consultant cardiologist Tim Wells gave local people an opportunity to find out more about heart disease and how they can look after their own health as part of the popular Medicine for Members talks at Salisbury District Hospital.
These talks aim to give people an insight into how the body works, highlight the clinical conditions that are treated and provide some practical tips to keep safe and healthy.
Dr Wells said: “Around 2.6 million people in the UK are living with coronary heart disease (CHD) and CHD is the biggest killer with one in five men and one in seven women dying from the disease each year. Coronary heart disease occurs when the blood supply to the heart is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries and, over time, the walls of the arteries become furred up with fatty deposits. This can lead to chest pain, breathlessness and heart failure if not treated.”
Men are more prone to the disease and age and family history are all natural factors that increase the risk of heart disease. However lifestyle also plays a part with smoking, excess alcohol, poor diet and other conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure increasing the risk.
“The talk gave me an opportunity to highlight the causes of coronary heart disease, prevention and the treatment that we can offer people with CHD. It also gave me an opportunity to talk more about our cardiac services and the treatment that we can give people in our new purpose built Cardiac Suite in Salisbury.”
Further talks are planned and the Medicine for Members lecture diary can be found on the Trust’s website at www.salisbury.nhs.uk . All members are welcome to attend. If anyone would like to become a member, please contact Isabel Cardoso, Membership Manager by telephone on 01722 336262, extension 4390 or by email at : firstname.lastname@example.org . Ends
For further information please contact: Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170