Pro­gram puts heart health on the radar

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Roe­bourne com­mu­nity ac­knowl­edged Na­tional Heart Week last week with a fun and ed­u­ca­tional event de­signed to look at how peo­ple can bet­ter foster good heart health.

The Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Heart Health Pro­gram, an ini­tia­tive of the Heart Foun­da­tion and Chevron, last Wed­nes­day hosted a se­ries of ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions at Roe­bourne’s Gurlu Gurlu Maya Cen­tre about the risk of heart dis­ease fol­lowed by a walk around Roe­bourne Oval, draw­ing peo­ple from all over the com­mu­nity to share their sto­ries about the health is­sue.

Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease is the sin­gle big­gest killer of Aus­tralians and af­fects Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple at sig­nif­i­cantly higher rates than non­indige­nous Aus­tralians.

Among the lo­cal ses­sion par­tic­i­pants was five-time heart at­tack suf­ferer and Roe­bourne res­i­dent Bev­er­ley Tay­lor. She said her first heart at­tack had come on with lit­tle more warn­ing than a tin­gling in her arm but she had been saved by her 12-year-old daugh­ter rush­ing her to hos­pi­tal, al­low­ing her to re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment fast.

“They flew me straight to Perth and I had two stents put in be­cause I had a block­age in my heart,” she said.

“I now have six stents and I’ve had five heart at­tacks since.”

Ms Tay­lor said her heart at­tacks had been caused by stress and called for peo­ple to pay close at­ten­tion to their heart health.

“I want peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to know you should al­ways be healthy and get check-ups,” she said. “When you have heart at­tacks, it slows you down in life . . . you must get reg­u­lar check-ups.”

PAHHP staff mem­ber Mon­teza Heard said a healthy and ac­tive life­style, in­clud­ing a good diet, 30 min­utes of daily ex­er­cise and reg­u­lar check-ups, could re­duce the risk of heart prob­lems.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit heart­foun­da­tion.org.au/.

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