are an easy, uncomplicated screen designed to identify the most common risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes – a “Personal Health WOF”.
In New Zealand cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death – accounting for 40% of all deaths annually. Nearly 1/3 of New Zealanders do not know that they have high blood pressure – an important risk factor of cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes affects about 200,000 New Zealanders, but the Ministry of Health estimates that only half of these people have been diagnosed. People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those people without diabetes. 50% of people with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease.
Early detection can help prevent complications and assists in preserving good health. MedCheck is a 15 min individual appointment with a Registered Nurse.
A MedCheck tests and records the following:
- Blood Pressure
- Height and Weight
- Body Mass Index
- Total Cholesterol
A written record of the results and what they might mean to the patient are given to the individual during the consultation.
Recommendations are then given by the nurse, and all information is kept on a secure database to compare with future results. The data from your entire workforce is collated into a report and sent to management with a summary of results identifying any trends or problems that your organisation may then wish to address.
Blood Pressure (B/P)
shows how hard your heart has to work to pump blood around your body. High B/P is not a disease in itself, but it is an important risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High B/P is associated with an increased risk of stroke and heart disease. B/P is represented by two numbers, e.g. 130/80. The first number (130) represents the systolic B/P – the peak pressure in your blood vessels when the heart beats. The second number (80) is diastolic B/P – pressure in your blood vessels when your heart rests between beats. Both numbers are important. Lifestyle is very important in helping to control high B/P.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
is a calculation to determine if you are a healthy weight for your height. A healthy BMI for a non-Maori or Pacific person is 18.5 to 25. For a Maori or Pacific person a healthy BMI is 18.5 to 26. You cannot change your height, but you can reduce your weight if your BMI is too high. Being overweight increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke and your risk of developing diabetes.
Total Cholesterol (TC)
is a measure of the amount of fats in your blood at a given time. Cholesterol is a fatty material carried in the blood. If your cholesterol is too high, it can build up in your artery walls causing your arteries to become narrowed and increasing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
is a random measure of the sugar level in your blood. Glucose is an essential source of energy for the brain and is one of the sources of energy for the body. Diabetes is the result of the body not creating enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels in the normal range. If your glucose is too high, you should see a GP who will organise further testing to determine an accurate diabetic status.