One of the North West’s leading heart experts who founded a clinic in Warrington has offered advice to help fight heart disease.
Consultant cardiologist, Dr. Scott Murray, founded the independent heart center Venturi Cardiology in Birchwood.
More than 44,000 people under the age of 75 die each year from coronary heart disease in the UK, and the North West has one of the highest rates in the country.
In an attempt to bring that rate down, Dr Murray spoke to Liverpool professionals about how to protect their hearts.
The cardiologist, who also works in the NHS, gave practical advice and preventive strategies on life changes that can significantly reduce a person’s risk of heart disease.
He said: “Waiting times for outpatient appointments and standard NHS diagnostic services are at an all time high, unfortunately due to Covid.
“In some cases, people are waiting over 30 weeks for a diagnosis.
“With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the UK and your risk increasing with age, the earlier you can spot the signs and symptoms the better.
“Advances in technology mean that it is now possible to accurately describe an individual’s risk and treat that patient accordingly.
“There are also many ways to maintain excellent heart health, including quitting smoking, changing your diet, losing weight, managing stress, and increasing your level of physical activity.
Venturi Cardiology at Birchwood
“We believe there are better and more efficient ways to run this service, which is why we launched our own independent Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Disease Prevention Clinic 12 months ago.”
Neil Lewis joined Dr Murray, who explained how thoughts, feelings and behaviors can impact physical health, as well as what to do to deal with stress and trauma with the right state of mind. ‘spirit.
Richard Hough, Partner and Head of Healthcare at Brabners, said: “We all have to deal with stress in our working lives.
“That’s why it’s so important to know how to lead a healthy lifestyle and what physical and emotional triggers might negatively impact this.
“It was good to hear practical advice from Dr Murray and Neil Lewis, who offered solutions to issues that our clients and staff might be facing.”
Andrew Ruffler, managing director of Professional Liverpool, added: “We all seem to be working at a hundred miles an hour, and people need to step back and think about their health and wellbeing.
“This event was a great opportunity to arm the Liverpool professional community, which we represent, with the information needed to help them keep their hearts healthy.”
Venturi Cardiology, which opened in Warrington in July 2021 and has seen over 1,200 patients to date.
It provides routine diagnostic cardiology services, as well as CT calcium score cardiac tests, which take just minutes and can reveal a person’s risk of heart disease over the next five to 10 years.
Patients have access to a rapid assessment, usually less than two weeks from the first visit to the treatment decision.