PORTOBELLO AND CONAN DOYLE SURGERIES

Conan Doyle Medical Centre,

4 Nether Liberton Lane, Edinburgh. EH16 5TY Tel: 0131 666 5160

 

Portobello Surgery,

265 Portobello High Street,Edinburgh. EH15 2AW    TEL: 0131 669 8406

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Patients with heart disease (heart attack, angina), peripheral arterial disease (claudication, PVD), or who have had a stroke, should have an annual review with one of the practice nurses.

The nurses will check your blood pressure, take blood to test cholesterol, blood sugar, and kidney function levels, and review lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, exercise level and weight management.

The nurses also check your urine for early signs of poor kidney function. Please bring a sample with you when you attend the clinic (sample containers are always available from the reception desk).

This annual review appointment generally last around 20 minutes. Please inform the receptionist when you call to make your appointment that it is for a heart or stroke review.

If you are worried that you may be at risk of developing heart or stroke disease, please see one of the nurses in a routine appointment to discuss your risk factors (such as any family history of these conditions). The nurse will review your records to see if you need any tests such as a blood pressure or cholesterol check. Please make your appointment for this issue on its own – a professional assessment can not be done at the end of a consultation where another problem has already been addressed.

One of the biggest risk factors for heart and stroke disease is smoking. If you are a smoker and are thinking about quitting we can help. We have information about available services…..smoking cessation link
For more information on heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, you can check out the following web sites:

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

British Heart Foundation

Blood Pressure Association

Cardiovascular Disease