Heart Foundation - Know Your Numbers

When should I visit my doctor or nurse?

The Know Your Numbers website provides a risk estimate of your heart age and your risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years.

For a full Heart Health Check, we recommend you visit your doctor or nurse.

Men from 45 years of age or women from 55 years of age should get a Heart Health Check.  Some people may need a full Heart Health Check ten years earlier than this.

Have a look at the list below - if you answer 'yes' to any of these then you should have a full Heart Health Check from 35 years if you are a man and 45 years if you are a woman.


Do you have, or are you, any of the following?

  • Maori, Pacific person, from the Indian subcontinent or from Fiji
  • A smoker
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • A family history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes
  • Diabetes (or at risk of diabetes)
  • Had diabetes in pregnancy
  • Renal impairment
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome


If you have used Your Heart Age Forecast to calculate your risk of heart attack and stroke and it has shown your risk to be 15% or over (high or very high risk), we recommend that you visit your doctor or nurse for a full Heart Health Check.

Based on your risk level, your doctor or nurse can discuss lifestyle advice and treatment options with you to reduce your risk. They will also advise you on how often you will need a heart health check.

Already created a Heart Health Plan?