The risk factors for heart disease are:
- Our genes – if your mother or father first had heart disease at a younger age (before age 55 for men and 65 for women) this can put you at slightly higher risk of heart disease.
- Smoking– this is the number one risk factor for increased risk of heart disease in women and men.
- Being inactive– physical activity is also important for heart health.
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes– if you have poor diabetes control, your risk of heart disease strongly increases.
- Obesity– keeping to a healthy weight is good for your heart.
- Polycystic ovarian disease
More than 240,000 people in New Zealand have been diagnosed with diabetes but it’s estimated a further 100,000 people have it but don’t realise, according to Ministry of Health figures.
Our Healthy Heart Assessments include:
- A comprehensive lifestyle questionnaire
- Instant or Laboratory Cholesterol Check
- Instant or Laboratory Glucose Check
- Blood Pressure
- Height and Weight
- Waist Circumference
Smoking Cessation Support:
Smoking harms your body in many ways. Smokers who do not quit have a 1 in 2 chance of dying of a smoking-related illness – most commonly lung cancer and other lung disease such as emphysema, heart disease and stroke.
- Smoking causes the premature (early) death of about 4,700 New Zealanders each year.
- Nearly half of those deaths occur in middle age (35-69 years).
- About one-third of all Maori deaths are linked to tobacco use.
- On average, smokers die 14 years earlier than non-smokers.
- Smoking also damages the health of those around you, your fertility and your unborn child if you are pregnant. If you are pregnant, it is vital for your baby’s health that you stop smoking.
All our registered nurses are quit card providers.
We able to provide:
- Smoking cessation resources and support
- Nicotine replacement products available onsite
- Quit card prescriptions