What is a heart health check?
A heart health check assesses how likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years, shown as a percentage (like 5%). Based on this calculation, we can then provide you with recommended actions to help minimise this risk - these actions might include starting you on medication to lower blood pressure or your cholesterol, or it might be to make some lifestyle adjustments.
The age at which you are asked to do this screening depends on your gender, ethnicity and other risk factors. Based on the results of your screening, you will be asked to repeat a healthy heart check every 1-5 years.
It's a quick and easy assessment that’s super important. For the health of you and your whānau it’s better to address the risk factors early.
The initial heart health check is done by a nurse and is bookable in the app under screenings.
For all our enrolled patients this check is FREE, so if you’re due - book it in today!
Why is it important?
It's all about preventing heart disease. Even if you're eating a healthy diet and keeping active, there's some things you can't change like genetics and family history. Often, signs of an unhealthy heart don't come with many warnings. That's why regardless of your lifestyle, it's important to get a heart health check when it's due.
Be rest assured that once we get your calculation, if there's any hint of a potential risk for heart disease, we've got your back. We'll work with you to implement measures to minimise this risk.
Watch the video explanation below with Nurse Nicky for more information.