As Part of your Membership with Medcare, you are entitled to an Annual Birthday Check (ABC). This now includes a QRISK assessment – determining your risk of developing heart disease and stroke in the next 10 years!

Take advantage of this invaluable check and take control of your health and future!

What is the ABC?

This innovative check was designed to help patients be proactive and stay in control of their own health and lifestyle choices. It is a check-up of your overall health.

Who can have the check?

It is available to anyone, but particularly relevant to those aged 40-74 who have NOT had a stroke, heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease.  Or for those over 65 who have an increased risk of dementia.

How will the ABC help you?

It will measure your risk of developing health problems. Now, you are provided with a QRISK3 assessment. This is a prediction (based upon certain criteria like cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI etc) of the likelihood in your developing stroke or heart disease in the next 10 years.

You will be given preventative advice. And as an ABC can detect serious problems before they do any serious damage, you can look forward to a healthier and happier future.

What happens at the check?

  • It is performed by the practice nurse.
  • It only takes 20 minutes.
  • Lifestyle questionnaire including family history, social habits.
  • Height, weight and BMI are recorded.
  • Blook pressure checked.
  • Simple blood test for cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Dietary advice offered if necessary.
  • Risk factors assessed and results (including the results from the QRISK assessment) and advice given during follow-up doctor’s appointment (at 40 euros)

What is QRISK?

QRISK is an algorithm for predicting cardiovascular risk. It estimates the risk of a person developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) over the next 10 years and can be applied to those aged between 35 and 74 years.

It is based on UK data and includes additional risk factors, such as ethnicity, blood pressure treatment and body mass index.

QRISK®2-2012 was developed in the UK but is used internationally.  It is an updated version of the original QRISK® algorithm but now takes into account ethnicity and diabetes to help more accurately estimate the risk for each individual patient.

It is based on information collected between 1993 and 2010 and includes data on over 10 million patients registered with 550 general practices in the UK.  It is updated annually.  The algorithm includes information on the following risk factors:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • cholesterol/HDL ratio
  • blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • Smoking status
  • Self assigned ethnicity
  • Family History of premature coronary heart disease in a first degree relative under the age of 60
  • Deprivation (measured using the Townsend deprivation score)
  • Blood Pressure Treatment
  • Body Mass Index
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation

A score of 10% or more indicates a need for further intervention to lower risk

What is the difference between QRISK®3 and QRISK®2?

QRISK®3 includes more factors than QRISK®2 to help enable doctors to identify those at most risk of heart disease and stroke.

These are;

  • Chronic kidney disease, which now includes stage 3 CKD
  • Migraine
  • Corticosteroids
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • atypical antipsychotics
  • severe mental illness
  • erectile dysfunction
  • a measure of systolic blood pressure variability

You will normally receive an email to remind you when your ABC is due (around the time of your birthday). You check can be anytime around your birthday month, to suit you and the nurse’s schedule. Call 966 860 258 or email