Heart and Diabetes Checks assess your risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years and/or diabetes or pre-diabetes. Those at risk can then talk to their doctor or nurse about what they can do to improve their health.

Why get checked?

Effective identification and management of cardiovascular (heart) disease and diabetes can reduce the rate of these diseases and help people live longer healthier lives.

All men aged over 45 years and all women over 55 years need to have a check at least once every five years.

Māori, Pacific and Indian people need to have a check ten years earlier (35 for men and 45 for women).

How much does it cost?

For many people, a Heart and Diabetes Check will be free of charge. Others are strongly encouraged by their GPs to invest the time and few dollars to have the check done.

Referrals

Ask your GP or Practice Nurse about Heart and Diabetes Checks.

More information

Heart Foundation heart forecasting tool (www.knowyournumbers.co.nz)

Heart and diabetes checks (www.health.govt.nz)