Heart Health

Cardiovascular Disease Risk (Heart Attack / Stroke) Assessment

Assessing the health of our patient’s heart and blood vessels allows us to know the risk there is of a heart attack or stroke and gives time to do something about it before an untimely event occurs.

This helps reduce the incidence of heart disease in our communities by early treatment and management that reduces any risk found.

Our GPs and Practice Nurses utilise health risk assessments for heart and vascular disease.

The risk assessment is calculated on a percentage scale

  • Below 10% indicates low risk of stroke or heart attack within the next 5 years.
  • 9 – 15% indicates medium risk of stroke or heart attack within the next 5 years.
  • Above 16% indicates high risk of stroke or heart attack within the next 5 years.
  • A person with a very high risk will have an urgent consultation arranged with their doctor.

Once you are screened and your risk of heart attack or stroke assessed, your doctor or nurse can work with you to prescribe the right treatment and management. They are also able to work with you to support any food, physical activity and smoke-free changes considered important for you. All treatments are based on what your risk of heart attack or stroke is over a 5-year time period.

People especially at risk according to the cardio-vascular guidelines are

  • All men over 45 years and all women over 55 years.
  • Maori, Pacific and people of Indian descent over 35 years for men and 45 years for women.
  • People who have a family history of heart disease and / or diabetes.
  • People whose lifestyle factors increases their risk of cardiovascular disease e.g. smoking, obesity.
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