Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia accounting for 34% of all deaths in 2006. It affects 1 in 5 Australians.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women and women worldwide but many women are not aware of this.
After analysing nearly 200,000 Australian GP records over five years, the Baker International Diabetic Institute released data in February 2011 finding that more than 50% had sub-optimal total LDL or bad cholesterol levels and 33% sub-optimal total cholesterol and HDL or good cholesterol levels.
Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
Our highly experienced doctors recognise the importance of individual cardiovascular risk assessment on all adults aged over 45 and younger in high risk groups.
Our GPs take detailed patient histories which include family history of coronary heart disease and familial hypercholesterolemia and past history of diseases including coronary heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome and smoking status.
We inform our patients of their cholesterol levels and provide them with copies of results for comparison.
We advise our patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle including:
- not smoking
- regular exercise
- dietary modifications and;
- weight control.
We develop long-term plans to treat and monitor cholesterol levels. The Practice Nurses at Collins Street Medical Centre have done extensive training, including Life courses and help with dietary modification.
We work closely and provide referrals to Cardiologists, Dieticians and Exercise Physiologists. We refer high risk patients for exercise cardiac testing.