Heart disease

Heart disease occurs when your arteries become clogged with fatty material.

It’s the nations biggest killer of men and women with one Australian every 10-minutes suffering a heart attack. It is a silent killer with little to no warning signs before a heart attack, to protect yourself from heart disease knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life.


Heart conditions include:

  • coronary heart disease 
  • angina 
  • heart attack 
  • valve diseases 
  • congenital disorders 

Signs and symptoms include:

  • pain or discomfort in the middle of your chest
  • breathlessness or sweating
  • pressure or tightness in the chest area
  • heaviness in your chest
  • stomach ache or heart burn
  • radiating pain to the left arm or both arms and sometimes pain in the upper back and shoulders
  • fatigue, sweating, light headedness, nausea and fatigue can also be signs and symptoms

Risk factors for CVD include: 

There is no single thing that causes cardiovascular disease (CVD), but there are several risk factors that contribute to it.

  • unhealthy eating
  • overweight or obesity
  • physical inactivity
  • smoking
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • social isolation and lack of social support
  • age
  • being male
  • having a family history of CVD.

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Source: Better Health Channel, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/conditionsandtreatments/heart

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Do you have problems with your ticker? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as Benjamin Franklin is attributed as saying. Peoplecare has programs to help reduce your heart risks to get your cardiac health prevention in shape.

Heart problems are serious and distressing, so not only will taking better care of yourself give you a serious medical benefit, loved ones will be comforted that you’re on the right track.

Other support services

Heart Support Australia

A national body providing support, information and services for people who have experienced a cardiac event.

Visit heartsupport.org.au or call (02) 6253 0097

Walking Groups

Free walking groups open to anyone. There are groups with different paces. Each group also nominates whether it is pram or dog friendly too. To find a group visit Walking Groups on Heart Foundation website or call 13 11 12. Once you have found a group, you can register for the next walk.

Cost: Free

Cardiac Services Directory

This directory shows every hospital, rehabilitation centre and heart health program with cardiac services around Australia.

Cardiac Services Directory on Heart Foundation website

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