Healthy Hearts Clinic

Healthy hearts clinic

Community Service

The Healthy Hearts Clinic (formerly the Risk Clinic) is a free service to the community. It helps you identify and address your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Results are available at the time of your appointment and are fully discussed with you.

Our objective is to determine the optimum approach to cardiovascular risk assessment and to use these findings to benefit the community. The Healthy Hearts Clinic is one way our expertise in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes is made directly available to you.

Research

The information collected during a visit to the Healthy Hearts Clinic can also help researchers potentially identify new links between risk factors and the chances of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The Healthy Hearts Clinic is also a good first step if you are interested in being more involved in research. You may wish to volunteer for a research project investigating the cause and optimal treatment of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The use of data from the Healthy Hearts Clinic and any additional research projects must be approved by the Alfred Hospital Research Ethics Committee.

Cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, stroke and vascular diseases) kills more Australians than any other disease. It causes over 50,000 deaths each year. In future, the burden of disease is expected to increase due to our ageing population.

Why assess cardiovascular disease risk?

Cardiovascular disease is associated with ‘risk factors'. These are characteristics of your lifestyle or medical history that can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including a heart attack or stroke. You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by altering many of these risk factors, which include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Excess weight
  • Physical inactivity.

An appointment at the Healthy Hearts Clinic may be the best investment of time that you ever make!

What is a cardiovascular risk assessment?

Essentially it is a health check, conducted by trained nurses. As part of your assessment we will:

  • Ask a series of questions to assess lifestyle factors and your medical history
  • Measure your blood pressure, height and weight
  • Take a small blood sample (by finger prick) for cholesterol and blood sugar level measurement
  • The visit, including all paperwork, should take 30 to 45 minutes.

Based on your results we will calculate your cardiovascular risk score and let you know how your overall risk compares to other Australians of the same age and gender. A trained nurse will provide you with expert dietary and physical activity advice to help you reduce that risk.

Your health information will be stored in a secure database so scientists at Baker IDI can research the causes of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

If you do not wish to make the information collected about you available for research, you just need to let the Healthy Hearts Clinic nurse know.

Individuals at increased risk of cardiovascular disease who require further follow-up may be referred back to their GP or to our Clinical Services Department which is staffed by medical specialists in the following areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Hypertension
  • Lipids
  • Endocrinology
  • Exercise Testing.

Getting more involved in research

Participating in research at Baker IDI has proved to be a rewarding experience for many of our patients. We always need volunteers and it's how you can contribute to improving the health of Australia!

Participation varies from a simple blood donation and questionnaires, through routine cardiovascular tests like an ECG to more involved procedures. You control your level of involvement by choosing a project that matches the time you have to give and the tests you're prepared to have.

All research projects must be approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee. Each project will provide you with detailed information and you will be asked to sign a consent form. Your personal information will remain confidential and you can withdraw at any time.

The Healthy Hearts Clinic

Location:  The Alfred Centre
4th Floor, 99 Commercial Road
Melbourne VIC 3004 Australia

Telephone: +61 (0)3 8532 1999

Email: HealthyHeartsClinic@bakeridi.edu.au

 

Clinic hours:  9am - 12Noon Monday to Friday. No referral is required. 

To view a brochure on the Clinic, click here