Cardiovascular disease (heart attack or stroke) is the leading cause of death in NZ. Almost 1 in 3 deaths in New Zealand are caused by Cardiovascular disease.
A heart check (or cardiovascular risk assessment) will let you know what your risk is of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years and how you can reduce that risk.
Free CVR assessments are available for Women from 55 years (45 years if you are Maori, Pacific or Asian) and Men from 45 years (35 years if you are Maori, Pacific or Asian). This may be offered earlier if you have other risk factors, such as a family history or diabetes.
During a heart check we will:
If you are concerned about your cardiovascular health or have any questions, please book in to see your doctor.
The Heart Foundation website is a great resource and offers ways to improve your overall heart health, see website here.
Cholesterol management is important to for your heart health. If you have had an increased cholesterol blood test please see the HealthInfo website and type in cholesterol into the search bar. This is an amazing resource on understanding your cholesterol results and ways to reduce these.