Cardiovascular risk assessment

At GenesisCare we bring together the right people, the best technology, and the latest techniques to ensure each person we treat gets the best possible outcome.

We provide a comprehensive cardiology service including cardiovascular risk assessment. The assessment findings delivered with expert clinical context by one of our experienced Cardiologists helps you find out your risk of heart disease.

Who should have a Risk Assessment?

If you are concerned about your heart health, risk of heart attack or stroke, and:

  • are over 40 years of age, or if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander we recommend screening starts at 35 years of age
  • have high risk factors such as;
    • Family history of heart problems or stoke
    • Overweight
    • Smoker
    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol

A valid letter of referral from a doctor such as your GP is required before attending for a GenesisCare Risk Assessment.

How will I benefit?

The risk assessment will allow you to assess your risk of heart attack and stroke and as a result assist you in taking action to prevent them from occurring.

Assessments are carried out by our expert staff who have extensive experience in their various fields of expertise.

What does it involve?

We offer a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment including:

  • Consultation with a GenesisCare cardiologist and their team including a clinical history and physical examination including blood pressure
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Blood test for cholesterol and glucose (sugar)
  • CT scan of the arteries of your heart looking for build-up of calcium (where available/where clinically appropriate)
  • Other investigations as determined on clinical need by your cardiologist
  • Follow up to discuss the results of your tests and mapping out a plan for longer term care of your heart

How to reduce your risk

Prevention is better than cure. You can reduce many of the risks linked to cardiovascular disease by making changes to your lifestyle.

  1. Eat well

    Eating a healthy, balanced diet has a positive impact on your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.

  2. Be more active

    Regular moderate exercise is beneficial for your health and wellbeing.

  3. Maintain a healthy weight

    Reaching a healthy weight and maintaining it decreases your risk of CVD and a host of other health problems.

  4. Stop smoking

    Being a non-smoker is one of the best ways you can protect your heart.

  5. Manage your blood pressure

    Have regular check-ups to monitor your blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice and take prescribed medications.

  6. Diet, cholesterol, heart disease and statin therapy

    If you are prescribed statins, find out the truths and misconceptions around diet, cholesterol, heart disease and statin therapy.

If you are concerned about your heart health, book a GenesisCare Risk Assessment.

Find out more

To find out more and see if you’re suitable for a cardiovascular risk assessment speak to one of your cardiac nurses. Please note that our information phone line operates Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

A valid letter of referral from a doctor such as your GP is required before attending a risk assessment.

Your risk assessment will begin with an initial face-to-face consultation with your cardiologist and their team at our centre. This is an important part of your health care; providing the opportunity to meet your specialist and ask any questions you may have.

Successfully managing your heart health means understanding your heart disease symptoms and risk factors. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as breathlessness or a racing heartbeat, speak to your GP.