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Mil­lions of Brits will be of­fered checks at GP surg­eries and phar­ma­cies as part of a new war on heart disease. Claire De­laney, 37, of Bolton, ex­plains why it is vi­tal you take the tests...

Mil­lions of peo­ple will be of­fered sim­ple checks at GPs surg­eries and phar­ma­cies, as part of an NHS Eng­land drive to cut heart disease deaths.

It is hoped the screen­ings for high blood pres­sure, high choles­terol and atrial fib­ril­la­tion will pre­vent count­less heart at­tacks and strokes – and help re­duce pres­sure on the NHS.

Blood pres­sure ma­chines will be avail­able in wait­ing rooms so pa­tients can test them­selves, while phar­ma­cies will of­fer free pin-prick blood tests for choles­terol.

Peo­ple iden­ti­fied as hav­ing the con­di­tions will be of­fered med­i­ca­tion and ad­vice on life­style changes to re­duce risks.

The scheme will also take steps to en­sure that peo­ple al­ready di­ag­nosed are on the ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­ca­tion.

It has been rolled out in 84 of the 209 clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing groups in Eng­land so far and will be avail­able coun­try­wide within two years.

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