October Update – New Heart Health Check Appointments

General Practitioners (GPs) are able to offer a bulk billed Heart Health Check appointment for patients.

What is a Heart Health Check?

A Heart Health Check is the patient-friendly term for comprehensive absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment and ongoing management.

It principally involves gathering information about a patient’s CVD risk factors, calculating and recording their absolute CVD risk using a validated calculator and managing their risk as per guidelines on an ongoing basis.

Who is eligible for Heart Health Check and how often can it be claimed?

  • All adults not already known to have CVD who are aged 45 years and above (30 years and above for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples).
  • The items can be claimed once per patient in a 12-month period and is a bulk billed service!

Why did we need a dedicated MBS item for absolute CVD risk?

  • Assessing and managing absolute CVD risk has the potential to prevent twice as many deaths from coronary heart disease when compared with treating individual risk factors.
  • Underuse of absolute CVD risk calculators contributes to the under-treatment of high-risk patients. Up to 70% of high-risk Australians aged 45-74 years are not receiving blood pressure and lipid-lowering therapy.

Whilst family history cannot be changed – our Doctors may be able to assist with reducing patient risk factors and improving quality of life.

https://www.thesenior.com.au/story/6091995/two-in-three-adults-at-risk-of-heart-disease/

Please call 9595 9777 to book an appointment with your doctor for your heart health check!