A message from Cathie Hufton, our Preventative Health team leader
I saw a patient last week who had a recent heart attack. He was in his 60’s and like most people in this age group he rarely saw a GP, he was on no medication and was rarely sick – he thought he was healthy.
Unfortunately, this man was one of the 4 people that have a heart attack or stroke every 4 min in Australia and like more than 1million Australians aged between 30-65 was at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke — but did not even know he was at risk.
To reduce your risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke you need to understand the risk factors;
High blood pressure
Lack of regular exercise and poor diet
Family history of cardiovascular disease
Please make an appointment to see your GP to discuss your heart health. I say to the patients I see in the Preventative Health Department make an appointment with your GP and Ask your doctor-
What are my risks of cardiovascular disease?
Are my cholesterol, sugar levels, height/weight, and blood pressure all within a normal range?
Does your GP know if you have a family history of heart disease?
For more information please access the Heart Foundation website through the following link Keeping your heart healthy | The Heart Foundation
If you have had a recent heart attack and would like more information and support at home
Be Heart Health Aware.
From, the Preventative Health Team.
Contact us to find out more or to arrange for an assessment.