The Heart Foundation calls on Aussies aged 45 – 74 to resume annual heart health checks, otherwise be at risk of a heart attack or stroke.
COVID has meant that two-thirds of Australians who should have annual heart check-ups have not done so. The Heart Foundation points out that more than 18,000 Australians die from heart disease each year and that there is growing evidence is that COVID-19 can further increase the risk.
If you have: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or you have beb advised you are at high risk of heart disease then you need to have your heart checked by a GP. It is a 20-minute appointment to assess your risk factor.
If you are at risk, a plan can be put in place to lower your immediate risk and encourage good health habits to keep the risk low. Further regular routine checks of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are advisable.
Even if no symptoms are evident, those in the 44 – 74 age group should consult their GP to assess their risk of heart problems.
For more information, please visit the Heart Foundation website to learn more about Heart Week and Heart Health Checks. Or contact your GP to book your check.
For further information, please email Rhiannon.Bennett@heartfoundation.org.au