There are known risks and causes of heart disease. Some lifestyle factors you can change, others you can do nothing about. Find out what the risk factors are of developing heart disease or stroke.
There are risks with most things we do in life. This is the same for your heart health. A "risk factor" is something that increases your chance of getting a disease.
When assessing your risk of developing heart disease, doctors will consider various aspects of your life and lifestyle. This is called "assessing your absolute risk" of having heart disease.
The following risk factors can be changed.
There are some risk factors that you can’t do anything about.
*Angina, heart attack, angioplasty, coronary artery bypass grafting, stroke, mini stroke, problems with circulation to your legs, some genetic lipid disorders or diabetes causing kidney impairment.
There is evidence that children of parents with heart disease are more likely to develop heart problems themselves. That is why as part of your Heart Health Check, your doctor or practice nurse will ask if your parents, brothers or sisters have any heart disease.
Even if you have had a heart event, you can still reduce your risk of having another event by making lifestyle changes and taking your prescribed medications.
A Heart Health Check is a health check from your doctor or practice nurse to find out your risk of heart disease.
Based on your results your doctor or practice nurse will advise you on how to keep your heart healthy and if necessary how to make some lifestyle changes.