What is Cardiovascular Risk Assessment?
Cardiovascular Risk assessment is used to estimate the individual’s risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease. It identifies high risk people for primary or early prevention.
Cardiovascular Disease develops in silence, over many years. It is usually very advanced before people experience any symptoms.
Risk factors include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, obesity, diabetes or physical inactivity.
Up to 80% of heart disease is preventable through changes in risk factors such as cholesterol reduction, maintaining normal blood pressure and stopping smoking. Preventative medication may also be used if indicated.
It is essential to measure the individual’s risk of Heart Disease and to make a plan to reduce this risk in the future. The risk of developing metabolic syndrome is also assessed, this is a group of risk factors that greatly increases the chances of developing Cardiovascular Disease, including stroke and diabetes.
The Risk Assessment can be used by anyone over 20 years of age.
The Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Involves The Following Measurements:
The latest European Guidelines (2012) on cardiovascular disease prevention (www.escardio.org/guidlines) now recommend to look for Atherosclerosis such as increased artery inner wall thickness and plaque build-up to identify individuals at higher risk.
Knowing your Risk Factors is not enough! A recent study of 136,905 hospitalised patients with significant disease of the arteries of the heart revealed that only 23% had high LDL levels (“Bad Cholesterol”).
The other 77% had normal LDL levels and would not have been identified as high risk.
Healthcare Screening Ireland is the only company that can provide this service at your place of work and give you all results at the end of your 45 minute consultation.
The benefits of health screening can be felt by both the employer and the employee alike. Health screening is an effective way of increasing employee morale, and leads to reduced sickness and levels of absenteeism.
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