What is a CV risk assessment clinic?
CV risk assessment clinics aim to identify future risk of, or diagnose existing cardiovascular disease, and design a personalised management plan to reduce your risk of a cardiac event.
Why are CV risk assessments important?
Heart disease is one of the most common diseases in Australia. Three quarters of Australians are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease during their lifetime.1 By identifying and understanding your individual risk early, you can take the necessary steps to reduce your chance of experiencing a cardiac event, such as a heart attack.
What is involved in a CV risk assessment?
This depends on whether you have already experienced a potential symptom of heart disease or not. Common symptoms of heart disease include chest pain, shortness of breath during light to moderate exercise, and fatigue. Our CV risk assessment clinics combine clinical assessment with diagnostic testing to establish your individual diagnosis and future risk.
Once the results of your coronary artery calcium score are available, you will be reviewed by a cardiologist. During this appointment you will discuss your risk factors for heart disease as well as your calcium score. You will then be given an individual management plan based on your level of risk of future cardiac events.
Your appointment will start with a consultation with one of our cardiologists to determine which diagnostic test is most appropriate for you based on your symptoms. There are several initial tests your cardiologist may recommend, these include computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA), stress echocardiogram, or exercise stress testing.
If required the cardiologist may refer you for a CTCA. Our cardiac CT services are available at the following locations:
Based on your symptoms and test results, your cardiologist will develop an individual management plan.