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This Valentine’s Day,  144 people will have a heart attack

                                         6 babies will be born with congenital heart disease

                                        40 people will die of a heart rhythm disorder

                                         51 people will lose their life to heart disease

 The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is putting the hearts of the ones you love first, by placing a spotlight on the importance of heart health this Valentine’s Day.

 Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia and has become one of the nation’s largest health problems.  Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a collective term used to describe diseases of the heart and blood vessels. This can refer to a range of conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and stroke. Many of these conditions can be life-threatening.

 The heart beats around 2.5 billion times over the average human lifespan, so it’s important we undergo regular heart health checks to make sure it’s doing its job properly and efficiently. Unfortunately, in some cases, the workload becomes too much for your heart, which can lead to irreversible or life-threatening damage.

 Understanding your risk factors of heart disease can be lifesaving. Heart disease can often be silent with no warning signs before a devastating incident. It doesn’t discriminate and can present differently in every individual. This is why you need to find out if you’re at risk.

The best thing you can do to find out about your risk of heart disease is to visit your doctor for a heart health check.

You may not be aware you even have risk factors of heart disease. So, it’s extremely important to get your doctor to check yours risks frequently, to ensure your heart is strong and healthy.

 Regardless of age and gender, everyone should be staying on top of their heart health. A simple checkup can be quick, non-invasive and most importantly, lifesaving.

 What happens at a heart health check?

 A routine heart health check can be undertaken as part of a normal check up with your regular doctor or health practitioner.

  • Your doctor will take blood tests (to check your cholesterol and blood sugar levels among other things), check your blood pressure and ask you a series of questions about your lifestyle (diet, exercise, smoking) and family history of heart disease
  • It’s important you give your doctor as much information as possible about your lifestyle and family history
  • Once the results from your tests are back, your doctor will be able to provide you with a report and thorough explanation about your risks of developing heart disease
  • From here, your doctor will advise you of how to make any necessary changes to your lifestyle and well being to prevent the onset of heart disease Be sure to ask any questions you have related to your heart health. If you’re not sure of the type of questions to ask, click here for some suggestions. 

Starting an important health conversation this Valentine’s Day, can save your family heartbreak tomorrow. 

Support heart research this Valentine's Day 

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