3 Steps To A Heart Health Check
Your annual heart check is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
We ask women to get checked annually because 90% of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease.
Being aware of your risk is the most empowering thing you can do for your heart health!
Not sure what to ask your doctor? We have even created a document that you can fill in and take with you to your GP. You can download it here.
Below are three easy steps to get on top of your heart health.
Step 1 – Make an appointment. It’s never been so simple!
Many GP clinics now have online booking systems, which means that booking your appointment is as easy as the touch of a button. Another perk for booking online is that some clinic websites allow you to add comments to your booking, so you can let them know you are coming in for a health check. However, if you’re not comfortable booking online, it is still just as effective to call your clinic and book over the phone.
We understand that finding time in our schedule for appointments is not always simple! If time is an issue, be aware that lots of clinics now have after hours (5-9pm) and have weekend appointments available with certain GPs.
Step 2 – Complete our checklist, and take it with you
This checklist will help your doctor gain an understanding of your potential risk factors and what tests might be necessary. Filling the checklist out beforehand will save time during your appointment. The checklist is also a great talking point of any concerns you might have or if you’re not sure what to ask. Plus, it’s handy to write notes on the back if you need!
The checklist also has other health checks to discuss with your doctor, like pap smears and breast examinations. This is to help you get as many things possible done at once!
If you would like more information about what is on the checklist, and why each question is important, click here.
Step 3 – Follow up on your care and call your doctor
So you’ve attended your annual heart health check. Well done! If you have had tests done, make sure you call your clinic and follow up the results. Always take guidance from your healthcare professional with steps forward after your consultation. Also, we recommend to make a mental note to see your doctor again at this time next year.
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