Cardiovascular disease is a collection of disease that affects our heart and blood vessels. 1 in 3 New Zealanders die of cardiovascular disease every year.
When it comes to Cardiovascular disease, prevention is the key, Knowing your risk factors is the first step to avoiding a heart attack or a stroke. We recommend you to see your doctor to check your overall risk, if you are older than 45 (35 or more for Pacific Islanders, South Asian, Maori, Indian)
Risks you can’t change
- Age – As you get older your risk of cardiovascular disease increases.
- Gender – Men are at a higher risk of heart disease, Women’s risk is however equal to that of men after menopause.
- Ethnicity – People of certain ethnicity (Maori, pacific islander, Indian sub-continent, South Asian) are at a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Family history – If someone in your biological family had a stroke or heart attack, you are at a higher risk as well.
Risks you can change
- Smoking – Being smoke-free is one of the best ways to protect your heart. Our WeCare clinicians can help.
- High cholesterol – A bad cholesterol profile can increase your risk.
- High blood pressure – It is important to lower your blood pressure if it is too high, Sometimes, you will need medications.
- Diabetes – It’s important to lower your blood sugar level, if you have a diabetes.
- Being inactive – Benefits of exercise can be found here.
- Obesity – You can check if you are obese by using the BMI calculator.
- Poor diet – Tips, tools and resources for healthy eating can be found here.
- Stress – Find more about how to manage your stress here.
Want to check your cardiovascular risk? Book an appointment with one of our experienced clinicians!