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Reducing my risk of a heart attack

You're more likely to get angina or have a heart attack if you:

Heart risk assessments

Your GP or nurse can help you do a Heart risk assessment or you can do it yourself. A heart risk assessment gives an estimate of how likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke within the next five years. It takes into account your health and risk factors.

The age you should start having heart risk assessments depends on your sex, ethnicity and other risk factors. See Heart risk assessment for details.

Reducing your risk

Cliff walkingMaintain a healthy lifestyle by:

You may need medicines to help manage your heart health. Even so, it is still very important to manage your lifestyle to reduce your risk. Read the Heart Foundation's booklet on Lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke to learn what lifestyle changes you can make to keep your heart healthy.

There are several tests for heart disease. Talk to your GP about what tests you need – they'll refer you to a heart specialist if they think you need further tests.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Cardiology GP liaison, Canterbury DHB, Page created August 2016. Last updated November 2018.

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