What is a heart health check?

Every day 51 Australians die from heart disease!  The best way to find out about your risk of heart disease is to see your doctor for a heart health check.

A heart health check is an easy and painless exercise that your doctor can perform to assess your risk of a heart attack or stroke. By looking at your overall health, what you eat, your lifestyle habits and your family’s health history your doctor will be able to advise on how to improve your heart health now and in the future.

By talking and learning about your heart health with your GP now, you can plan for a healthier lifestyle to reduce your chances of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Based on risk statistics, a heart health check is especially important and recommended for anybody over 45 years old, or indigenous people over 35 years old.


There are three main steps to a heart check

STEP 1 – TALK

What you eat, your lifestyle and exercise habits, your family history and your overall health (including kidney disease & diabetes).

STEP 2 – LEARN

Your doctor will measure your weight, Body Mass Index, blood sugar levels and blood pressure to calculate a cardiac risk score to determine any further need for pathology.

STEP 3 – PLAN

Your doctor will help you make a plan to make changes to your diet, physical activity and lifestyle and your general well being.


What happens after a heart health check?

Once your doctor has your results, they can tell you your level of risk.

HIGH RISK

If your level of risk is over 15% you have at least a 1 in 7 chance of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years if left unmanaged.

MODERATE RISK

If your level of risk is between 10-15% you have at least a 1 in 10 chance of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years if left unmanaged.

LOW RISK

If your level of risk is under 10% you have a less than 1 in 10 chance of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years if left unmanaged.


What can I do now to improve heart health?

See your doctor about having a heart health check. Remember, having a healthy lifestyle is important no matter what – you can always make positive changes by improving your diet, being active, quitting smoking and reducing your alcohol intake to help improve your heart health.

Don’t let a heart attack be your first sign of a problem!

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