You may not realise you are eligible for a free heart and diabetes check.
Cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke) is the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for 40% of deaths annually. One New Zealander dies every 90 minutes from heart disease. Diabetes (mainly type 2) affects 225,000 New Zealanders, and people with diabetes are at a higher risk of heart disease.
A heart and diabetes check will assess your risk of a heart attack or stroke and give you the chance to talk to your doctor or nurse about ways to keep your heart healthy and to lead a healthier life. As part of the check a blood test will be taken that confirms if a person has diabetes or pre-diabetes (when a person's blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes).
At the check the doctor or nurse will:
Ask about risk factors such as smoking, exercise and diet
Ask if there is any family history of heart attack, stroke or diabetes
Measure a person's blood pressure, height, weight and waist
Test for cholesterol and blood glucose levels (for diabetes)
A heart and diabetes check is quick and easy and could help save your life - many deaths from heart disease are preventable. Whether it's getting your own heart checked or encouraging a family member or someone you know to get their heart checked - it will help make our community healthier. Men are specifically being encouraged to get their mates to have a check up.
Talk to your doctor or nurse now or find a medical centre near you. Get a heart and diabetes check. Do it for your family.