Birmingham based private GP, Edgbaston Private Medical Practice, will be supporting and generating awareness for the national campaign Men’s Health Week (12th – 18th June) by offering free drop-in mini health check sessions for men at 200 Degrees coffee shop, based on Colmore Row.
The mini health check sessions will take place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of June between 11:30am and 2:00pm. The practice is also offering 10% off all men’s health screenings booked during the month of June.
Men’s Health Week is a national campaign that runs annually, encouraging communities to come together to improve and maintain the health of men, boys, and their families. This year, the awareness week will focus on cardiovascular disease, which is an umbrella term describing all diseases of the heart and circulation. In 2015 alone 160,000 people were killed from cardiovascular disease complications, which is more than double the combined deaths from lung, bowel, prostate and breast cancer. Although cardiovascular disease affects both sexes, the incidence is not only higher in men but often affects men at a younger age.
Important risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. By spotting the signs early the risk of developing cardiovascular disease can be dramatically reduced.
Dr Bahia, Principal GP at Edgbaston Private Medical Practice, comments: “For Men’s Health Week we really want to make a difference, we thought of having the free pop-up drop-in service so that we could get through and see as many men as possible, encouraging the early detection and treatment of health difficulties. Our aim is to urge men to make their health a priority.”