Heart Health - VRA
Cardiovascular Risk Assessments
Heart disease is a big problem for many New Zealanders. Many people become ill and die from heart disease, which in many cases, can be prevented. Some groups of people are more prone to heart disease than others.
How Healthy Is Your Heart?
Marlborough General Practices are offering free heart health checks.
You will be eligible for a free Heart Health Check If you are:
- 35 - 64 years Male, Maori, Pacific Island, Indian sub continent
- 45 - 64 years Female, Maori, Pacific Island, Indian sub continent
- 45 - 64 years Male European
- 55 - 64 years Female European
Why have a Vascular Risk Assessment?
- Heart attacks, angina, strokes, transient ischaemic attacks and peripheral vascular disease are all forms of cardiovascular disease.
- 4 out of 10 people in New Zealand die from cardiovascular disease, mainly from heart attacks and stroke. That is more than any other cause.
- Heart attacks and strokes don’t just happen with old age
- Heart attacks and strokes are the biggest killer of Dads over 35 years
- Unlike many diseases we can predict who is most likely to have a heart attack or stroke and do something about it
- Through vascular risk assessment or a heart health check we can identify people at increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke over the next 5 years
- By making lifestyle changes, and if necessary taking medication, the risk of having a heart attack or stroke can be reduced.
What is involved?
The free heart check appointment with the nurse or doctor will take 30 minutes.
You will need to have a blood test a few days before your appointment to check your cholesterol and sugar levels. You will be asked about your medical and family history, have your blood pressure, pulse, height, weight and waist measurement taken.
By having a free heart health check you can find out what your risk is for developing heart disease and together with your doctor or nurse, make a plan to lessen the chance of it happening.
To find out more information or to make an appointment for a free vascular risk assessment or heart health check, please contact your doctor or nurse.