SWINDON Town have joined forces with HEART UK, the cholesterol charity, to increase awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol ahead of the Robins’ game against Stevenage this weekend.
Raised cholesterol is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease and football fans will be able to get FREE cholesterol tests at the County Ground as part of a national campaign to ensure everyone knows their cholesterol levels.
Swindon Town representative Mark Isaacs said: “I’m delighted that we’re working with HEART UK to provide this free service to our fans. Football can be tense and dramatic, but you only have to see how (former Bolton midfielder) Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch last season to realise that anyone might be at risk of a heart condition.
“While there may not be any link to high cholesterol in Fabrice’s case, we do know that people can have undiagnosed heart conditions. I urge as many fans as possible to get their cholesterol checked so that the only ‘heart stopping’ moments are the games themselves.”
The cholesterol tests will take place in marquees set up in the car park at County Ground between 1pm and 3pm on April 20. The cholesterol tests involve taking a small finger prick sample of blood which is then analysed to provide a quick result. If needed, advice will be given on how to lead a healthier lifestyle. If further follow up is required, people will be advised to speak to their GP.
Health Minister Anna Soubry said: “I fully welcome this initiative by HEART UK and Swindon Town, as an innovative contribution to raising awareness of cholesterol levels and helping to prevent cardiovascular disease. I hope fans take full advantage of the opportunity to know their cholesterol level.”
HEART UK Chief Executive Jules Payne said: “Raised cholesterol is one of the greatest modifiable risk factors for heart disease, which is still the biggest killer in the UK. HEART UK is concerned that younger adults and especially those under the age of 40 are not tested until it is too late.
“We want all adults to better understand their cholesterol levels and what that can mean for their health. We’re pleased to be working with Swindon FC to help raise awareness of the importance of knowing your cholesterol and understanding what you can do to reduce it.”