DHL Employee Heart Health Checks

DHL is offering employees the opportunity to receive a free heart health check. A Heart Health Check helps you to understand your risk factors for heart disease and estimate how likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke in the next five years.

Even if you are fit and healthy, you may have risk factors for heart disease. High blood pressure and high cholesterol have no obvious signs, so it is important to get them checked regularly.

Speak to your Site Manager or Site Admin about booking in.

Your DHL Heart Health Check

Heart disease (cardiovascular disease, or CVD) is one of the largest health problems facing Australians today. In fact, it’s currently the single leading cause of death in Australia with 17,533 people losing their lives to it in 2018 alone.

In addition, an estimated 1.2 million (6%) of Australian adults reported having at least one condition relating to their heart or vascular disease in 2017-18. Often there are no symptoms of heart disease, which means people are unaware that they are even at risk until it’s too late.

Prevention and education are crucial when trying to stay on top of your heart health, and getting regular heart health checks is one of the most simple and effective ways to detect a cardiovascular problem.

What is the purpose of a heart health check?
The purpose of a heart health check is to assess your heart disease risk factors.

Heart health checks are also a great opportunity to discuss techniques to lower or where possible remove any risk factors that may negatively affect your heart health.

What happens during a heart health check?
During this 15 minute heart health check, we will look at specific risk factors including blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol levels and waist measurement. These will be measured and discussed.

Other risk factors such as the below will also be examined.

  • diet and nutrition
  • physical activity
  • emotional health, and
  • smoking

What’s next?

Depending on your result, you may be provided with advice or recommendations on changes that you can implement to help lower your risk of heart disease. These will usually include lifestyle changes such as improving your diet, exercising more, avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol. If your risk level is high you may be referred onto a GP for further investigation and discussion.

The results of a heart health check are often a critical wake-up call for anyone at risk. Don’t leave it too late.

Ask your manager for more information and get yourself booked in for your free heart health check now.

What happens during my heart health check?

An allied health professional will measure your blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body composition. To measure your blood glucose and cholesterol, the health professional will prick your finger to collect a small amount of blood that is collected in a tube and emptied onto a testing strip. Usually the person will only feel a small pin prick or nothing at all. Your results will be given to you in a Heart Health Check Booklet. If you fall into the high risk category for any of the tests, you may be advised to see your GP for further testing.

Note: These checks do not provide a diagnosis for any condition you may have, they simply assess risk. They don’t replace a visit to the GP, and if you are found to have any elevated risk factors, we will recommend you see your GP after your check. No fasting is required for the test.

Who performs the checks?

The heart health checks are conducted by Allied Health Professionals. This may include Nurses or Exercise Physiologists.

If you can’t make it to one of these checks and are over 45 (or 35 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians) be sure to book in with your GP for a Medicare funded check.