The amount of good and bad cholesterol can be measured in your blood stream with a simple blood test. In association with other risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and family history, the results can be used to assess your risk of developing heart attacks or strokes.
Lowering a high cholesterol level requires a number of lifestyle changes including maintaining a healthy balanced diet, reducing your fat intake, eating more fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals, quit smoking and doing regular exercise. If these measures don't reduce your cholesterol and you continue to be at a high risk of heart disease, you may need cholesterol-lowering medication such as statins. Your cardiologist will be able to advise you on the best treatment options.
This is a biodegradable device that can be used like a coronary stent. [READ MORE]
This test shows how the heart, lungs and muscles react when exercise is undertaken. [READ MORE]
This is an ultrasound imaging test used to help determine the condition of the carotid artery. [READ MORE]
This minimally invasive procedure is used to visualise the coronary arteries and assess the severity of any blockage. [READ MORE]
This minimally invasive procedure is used to treat narrowing of the coronary arteries. [READ MORE]
This scan is used to ascertain the risk of a heart attack or stroke within the next 5-10 years. [READ MORE]
This test measures the effects on the heart rhythm and blood pressure when exercise is undertaken. [READ MORE]
These scans enable cardiologists to view detailed images of the heart’s anatomy. [READ MORE]
This is a procedure that uses ‘echo’ and ECG to assess how the heart’s blood vessels are working using either exercise or a drug to increase the heart rate. [READ MORE]