Book a Heart Health Check with your GP today; it's the first and most important step you can take to understand your risk of developing heart disease and make positive changes to improve your heart health.

ON VALENTINE'S DAY 

GIVE YOUR LOVED ONES THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT OF ALL


ONE AUSTRALIAN WILL SUFFER A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE EVERY 4 MINUTES.

  

Martin was at risk for a heart attack but didn’t know it.
Martin was heading home from paddle boarding and popped into the GP to get a prescription for an irritating rash. During the appointment, the Doctor checked his blood pressure and immediately told Martin to go to the hospital – he was still in his wetsuit! With no pain, fatigue, or other obvious symptoms, it was a shock for Martin to discover his arteries were 80% blocked and needing two stents to keep the blood flowing to his heart. Martin often wonders what could have happened that day, if he’d stayed paddle boarding for longer. Martin was unaware of his risk. Now he knows that having a Heart Health Check could save your life.  

Jeff hadn’t seen his GP in 8 years before he had his heart attack. Jeff was doing chores at home when he felt sudden pain in his back and neck. Despite this, he carried on. But soon the pain was too much and he told his son to call an ambulance. Jeff recognised his symptoms – crushing chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heavy sweating – he was having a heart attack. Since his heart attack, Jeff has reduced his stress levels, practices mindfulness, improved his diet, started walking, lost 24kgs, and sees his GP more often. If you haven’t seen your GP in a while, and you’re over 45 (or 30 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) now is the time to book your Medicare-funded Heart Health Check. 

Karen had recently retired from nursing and was feeling unwell experiencing discomfort after eating, she ‘self-diagnosed’ indigestion. She also had neck pain but blamed that on a crooked night’s sleep. Karen vowed to go to the GP the next day, but at 8pm she got up to go to the bathroom and broke into a cold sweat, feeling ‘like an elephant was sitting on my chest’. Karen’s daughter, who was home at the time, grew worried about her mum and called an ambulance. The paramedic told her she was having a heart attack. Within four hours of calling the ambulance, she was in theatre for a triple bypass. Give your loved ones the most precious Valentine’s gift and take the first step to a healthier heart.  


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What is a Heart Health Check? 

A Heart Health Check is a regular checkup performed by your GPDuring your Heart Health Check, your GP or nurse will: 

Check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  

Discuss your lifestyle, including what you eat, how active you are. 

Discuss your medical and family history.  

Your GP will estimate your risk and let you know whether you are at low, moderate or high risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years. Your GP or nurse will develop a plan of short and long-term steps to help you lower your risk of heart disease.  

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Check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  

Discuss your lifestyle,including what you eat, how active you are. 

Discuss your medical and family history.  

A Heart Health Check is a regular checkup performed by your doctorDuring your Heart Health Check, your GP will: 

Your GP will estimate your risk and let you know whether you are at low, moderate or high risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years. Your GP or nurse will develop a plan of short and long-term steps to help you lower your risk of heart disease.  

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Discover your heart age: use the Heart Foundation's Heart Age Calculator.

Disclaimer: This material has been developed by the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Heart Foundation) for general information and educational purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have, or suspect you have, a health problem. The statistics provided are based on averages from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019, National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD). The information provided is based on evidence available at the time of publication. Please refer to the Heart Foundation website at www.heartfoundation.org.au for Terms of Use.

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