doctor holding a stethoscope.

Heart Foundation says it’s time for a check-up

The Heart Foundation’s Heart Week (6 to 12 May) provides an opportunity to get a quick heart health check-up at certain pharmacies, or a more thorough assessment by making an appointment with a GP.

Heart Foundation healthcare programs manager Natalie Raffoul says it’s important to have regular heart health checks from the age of 45.

“Your risk of developing heart disease is influenced by more than just the commonly-known lifestyle factors such as exercise and diet – risk is also strongly influenced by your family history, cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes status,” Ms Raffoul says.

Almost 630,000 Australians have had a heart health check with their GP since the Medicare items were introduced in 2019. Heart Health Checks take just minutes with results available immediately.