The Heart Foundation is helping New Zealanders become more proactive about their heart health with its new online risk assessment and management tool, My Heart Check launched today (20 October 2020).
The risk management tool is freely available for all New Zealanders to self-assess their heart health.
Based on New Zealand data, it uses information like location, ethnicity and medical history to give a heart health estimate and approximate heart age, compared to actual age.
“Our goal is to use the data to provide New Zealanders with information to proactively start a conversation with their health professional about their heart health. This includes lifestyle changes for many but may also lead to medications for blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol if they need it," Heart Foundation Medical Director Dr Gerry Devlin
My Heart Check complements the tools clinicians use in assessing the heart health risk of their patients and helps health care professionals provide further care for patients at increased-risk.
General Practitioner and College Fellow Dr Joan Leighton says the tool will be a valuable starting point for conversations around heart health.
“Being able to show risk into the future and the positive impact of possible lifestyle such as stopping smoking is particularly useful,” says Joan.
“It gives a risk assessment using New Zealand data and will be very valuable in a wide range of settings including work places, enabling early conversations on ways to improve heart health."