Assessments and Programme
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you have likely taken a huge step in preventing heart disease. Many times, taking the first step can be the most difficult step of all. Now it’s time to take control of your own heart health. Even if you have a family history of heart disease, the choices you make every day can prevent or delay the onset of the disease. But taking the right steps to actively manage your risk factors is critical.
Healthy Heart Assessments and Programme
These happen suddenly. Don’t be taken by surprise.
People often "suddenly" have a heart attack, but it was never really sudden if one looks at all the lifestyle elements and the pattern of change. It always seems a sudden and a scary event when a person has a heart attack, however, when one actually evaluates all the risks, it is clear that the risks have been there all the time and escalating for years. Cardiovascular disease is known as "The Silent Killer", for exactly that reason. The Healthy Heart Assessment is aimed at every individual who is interested in objectively knowing their current cardiovascular risk and how this impacts for future risk of heart attack and stroke. The assessment will also give one their heart age, and what changes should be made to improve this risk and age. This assessment and design is unique and there is nowhere else locally that will combine these scoring systems. Additionally, specialised software will be used by a trained technologist to scan inside the blood vessels to the neck. After evaluating a person's cardiovascular risk from all angles the patient will receive a personalised report as well as information and advice on necessary medical and lifestyle management such as their Optimise evaluation or programme, which will also be provided according to clients' results.
What the OptiVein- HHA consists of:
Blood tests are done that look at risk factors for cardiovascular disease. These relate to lipid profile (cholesterol, triglycerides, etc) and diabetes. More specific tests can be done as well. looking at cholesterol in isolation is not good enough, one needs to calculate ratios of a lipid profile to see cardiovascular risk and if one's type of cholesterol is dangerous or not. Merely stating that one has high cholesterol does not give enough relevant information on the risk or cardiovascular status of a person.
Body mass index, abdominal circumference, blood pressure in both upper arms are taken.
An in-depth medical consultation with a qualified medical doctor focusing on your history, physical examination and further investigations if needed.
This is a ratio between the pressures in the arms and legs. It detects undiagnosed vascular disease and will confirm not only the presence, but also indicate the severity of vascular disease. The ratio also correlates with Framingham risk and mortality. The following bodies recommend screening.
- American College of Cardiology
- American Heart Association
- TransAtlantic Society Guidelines
Carotid Intima-Media thickness (cIMT) measures the major arteries that supply the brain looking for thickening in arterial walls, as this may be the start of arterial blockages. cIMT detects subclinical disease and is an indicator of future heart attack, stroke and vascular death. Traditional medical risk factors of vascular disease only account for half of cardiovascular disease. People with subclinical disease, detected by CIMT are at greater risk for heart attack and stroke than those without subclinical disease. Using the scan identifies double the number of people with cardiovascular risk than conventional tests do. The Cardiovascular Heath Study, the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study and The Rotterdam study has shown the proportional relationship between cIMT thickness and cardiovascular disease.
Importantly, reduction of cIMT thickness can be used in research. Special software for accurate measurements is required for using cIMT and noting regression.
A stress questionnaire is completed that is sent to a psychologist for a written report to understand whether you are stressed, to what degree and whether it is "tired" or a "wired" type of stress.
Some cancers are curable if detected early. There are certain ages and time periods testing shoud be done. OptiVein checks you are up do date with your checks for your age.