Free heart checks on pop-up bus to spot deadly condition

The Your Heart Matters bus will be at Brighton Marina <i>(Image: Your Heart Matters)</i>
The Your Heart Matters bus will be at Brighton Marina (Image: Your Heart Matters)

Cardiologists are offering free heart checks from a bus in an attempt to spot a life-threatening disease.

The checks, which will take place on a blue bus in Asda car park at Brighton Marina, are a simple and easy way to see if you have heart valve disease.

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust cardiologists and a national initiative, Valve for Life, are offering the service from 10am to 3pm on Thursday, September 7.

The five-minute stethoscope checks can detect heart valve disease, a condition which affects approximately 1.5 million people in the UK.

Patients experience fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of consciousness and, if left untreated, develop severe aortic stenosis, the most common form of heart valve disease which is fatal within two years of diagnosis.

Dr James Cockburn, consultant cardiologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “The heart bus is a fantastic way to educate the nation on the symptoms of heart valve disease.

“It allows for early detection of heart valve disease and arrhythmia. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of people on Thursday – the response I’m sure will be brilliant and we will detect a number of cardiac conditions. It’s important we spot them early.”