Look after yourself, shingles vaccinations are now available for over 50's
Shingles is a painful blistering rash which is caused by an infection of the nerve area by the varicella-zoster virus. Shingles is not uncommon and can affect anyone but is most common in people over 50.
The pain caused by shingles is most uncomfortable and can last after the rash has gone. Generally speaking the more severe the rash the more common this is - and older people are more susceptible to this condition known as PHN. It usually goes within 6 months but for some the pain can last for years.
Maintain your health - ask our ultrasound scanning service
Our non invasive ultrasound scanner allows us to look for two signs of atherosclerosis (furred arteries).
1. Increased CIMT - the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery wall is called the carotid intima-media thickness (or CIMT). Having a high CIMT compared to others of your age will place you at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.
2. Visible carotid plaque (a fatty build up within the wall of the artery) - the presence of such plaque places you in a higher risk category.