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
- 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
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- social isolation and lack of social support
- being male
- having a family history of CVD.
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Where to get help
- In an emergency call triple zero (000) for an ambulance
- your doctor
- Heart Foundation: https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/
Source: Better Health Channel, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/conditionsandtreatments/heart