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Heart Disease

Nidderdale Group Practice runs nurse led clinics for patients who suffer with angina and/or have had an heart attack in the past. The clinics are an opportunity to try and help improve the management of your condition.

What is Heart Disease?

Angina is a name for the pain coming from the heart when the blood supply to the muscle in the heart is inadequate. If the blood supply is so poor that part of the heart muscle dies, this is called a heart attack (or myocardial infarction).

What happens at the Clinic?

At the clinic, the nurse will try and answer any questions you have about your condition. The nurse will also be able to provide advice about how to improve your condition. Diet, exercise and stopping smoking are all very important in the management of heart disease.

You will usually have a blood test a week or so before coming to the clinic. The blood test is used to test your cholesterol level, your kidney function and your sugar (glucose) level.

At the clinic the nurse will check that your blood pressure is not too high and will discuss how well you are managing and your current medication. Sometimes a urine sample is taken to assess how well your kidneys are working.

It is important to try and attend the clinic so that we can try and keep your heart in the best health possible.

Heart Failure

The heart pumps bloods around the body. Over time the pump can become less and less efficient, sometimes following damage from a heart attack.

If the pump is not working well this can cause a build up of fluid on the lungs and in the legs. This can make people short of breath and is called “heart failure”.

At Nidderdale Group Practice we have a nurse who specialises in heart failure and holds regular clinics where she can discuss ways to improve your heart failure.

Useful Links

CHD - Healthtalkonline
Healthtalkonline Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.

An excellent resource with useful video, audio, images and references relating to CHD. 

NHS Choices
Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of CHD.

British Heart Foundation
Our vision is of a world in which people do not die prematurely of heart disease. We will achieve this through our pioneering research, our vital prevention activity and by ensuring quality care and support for people living with heart disease.

These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

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