If you are concerned that you may be at risk of heart disease or stroke,make an appointment to see the practice nurse or doctor.
Some of us are at higher risk than others. Many of the risk factors are modifiable. In other words you can take action to decrease the risk.
Are you at risk?
Your risk may be higher than normal if you have any of the following conditions. Combination of the factors below increases the risk even higher
- Overweight. Specially if your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30. BMI is your weight in relation to height. Normal BMI is 20 to 25.
- Sedentary life style
- Family members who have had heart disease or stroke at younger age. (i.e. below 60 years of age)
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
You can assess your over all risk of heart and stroke disease here.
This gives an idea of your overall risk. If your risk appears to be nearer 20% or more make appointment to see your doctor or nurse
You can check your BMI here.
To learn more about high cholesterol click here.
If you have diabetes or high blood pressure your risk will be assesed routinely. Find out from practice nurse or doctor if it has not been explained to you.
How to decrease your risk
- Do not smoke.
- Eat healthily.
- Be active. Like walking briskly for 30 minutes or more on most days of the week.
- Maintain your weight in the ideal range. (BMI 20 to 25)
- Get your risk assessed if you fall into at risk group
- Recognise symptoms of angina and seek treatment early.