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Heart health checks

Looking after your heart is something we can do together. Our doctors and nurses are all about preventing health problems like heart attacks and strokes, so you can feel comfortable asking them questions and seeking their support.

How we can help

If you have an existing problem, our staff are experts at managing heart disease. If you need a heart specialist, they will refer you.

With the right information and action, most people can make the choice to work with their health providers to live a healthy life free from heart disease.

What is a heart health check?

During a heart health check, your doctor or nurse will look for risk factors for heart attacks and strokes. They will:

  • ask about smoking, exercise and diet
  • ask about family history of heart attacks and strokes 
  • measure your blood pressure, height, weight and waist
  • test your blood for levels of cholesterol and sugar.  

They will also help you to:

  • Make a heart health plan by talking to you about your goals for improving your health.
  • Consider all your options so you can choose ways to tackle your risk factors, including lifestyle changes and drug therapy.
  • Come to the clinic for routine check-ups to plot your progress over time.

Read about your heart, heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy.

How do I book a heart health check?

If you have a ManageMyHealth patient portal you can book an appointment online, otherwise drop into your Local Doctors clinic and ask your doctor for a heart health check. 

In an emergency dial 111 and ask for an ambulance

You can also call Healthline free 24/7 on 0800 661 116 for health advice.

FAQs

Local Doctors provides quality, easy to access healthcare through our large clinic network. You can trust our friendly staff to work with compassion and listen to your needs. They are trained to work together as a team to offer high-quality medical care.

  • Some clinics have ample parking, while others not so much. Please visit your nearest clinic’s page to find out more. We’ll also let you know if a clinic is close to public transport.

  • Most people in this country have to wait to see their doctor! That’s because people have different health needs and how long it takes to get the right help can be very unpredictable. It’s our long-held philosophy that you should be able to see a doctor on the day you need to – and not have to wait for days.

    The most seriously ill people are seen first. The really good news is that you can now see on the clinic website pages what the expected wait time is at that clinic! That means you can find another clinic near to you with a shorter wait time, if need be, or choose to come another day.

  • ManageMyHealth is a secure website that can receive your health information from your doctor’s system. You can use it to store other health information, too, such as other treatments you have received or other medications that you may be taking. This means you can access your personal health information from any device at anytime, anywhere in the world. If your clinic takes appointment bookings you can do this through ManageMyHealth as well as order repeat prescriptions. Your online Personal Health Record can be made up of:

    • Consultation notes
    • Laboratory results
    • Prescriptions
    • Immunisations
    • Allergies
    • Diagnoses
    • Recalls.

    Just ask the receptionist at your local clinic to sign you up to ManageMyHealth.

  • When you have a blood test, or any other kind of test, your results will be sent to your clinic. If the results are normal, you will not be notified. If they are not normal, the clinic will phone you and discuss next steps. If you have a ManageMyHealth patient portal, you can find your results in there, once your doctor has reviewed and filed them. Or, if after two or three days, you are concerned about your results, you can call the clinic to find out.

  • If you have a ManageMyHealth patient portal, you can order a repeat prescription online, otherwise please visit your clinic’s page and phone them.