Hearts, weight a worry

South Western Times - - Front Page - Michael Philipps

COL­LIE had the high­est rate of obe­sity in the State dur­ing the 201415 fi­nan­cial year, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Heart Foun­da­tion’s Heart Maps.

The data also shows Bun­bury had the high­est num­ber of heartre­lated hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions in the South West dur­ing the same time pe­riod.

The maps plot hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sion rates for heart-re­lated con­di­tions at na­tional, State and lo­cal gov­ern­ment lev­els and also in­clude smok­ing and obe­sity rates at a lo­cal level.

The map com­pares the re­gions us­ing age-stan­dard­ised rates per 10,000 res­i­dents, which re­searchers said al­lowed for more ac­cu­rate com­par­isons to be made across re­gions that had dif­fer­ences in pop­u­la­tion and age.

Ac­cord­ing to the data, 34.3 per cent of Col­lie’s pop­u­la­tion were con­sid­ered to be obese with the in­for­ma­tion com­ing from the Aus­tralian Health Sur­vey find­ings.

Col­lie also recorded the high­est num­ber of smok­ers in the South West with 23.3 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion iden­ti­fied dur­ing 2014-15.

While the obe­sity rate was the high­est in the State, Col­lie ranked 172 out of 447 lo­ca­tions na­tion­ally.

Bun­bury’s rate of 58.1 heartre­lated hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions is con­sid­ered to be well above the na­tional av­er­age and was ranked 153 out of 502 lo­ca­tions in Aus­tralia.

Heart Foun­da­tion na­tional chief ex­ec­u­tive pro­fes­sor John Kelly said the lat­est re­search showed the res­i­den­tial lo­ca­tion of a per­son had a big im­pact on their heart health.

“The Heart Foun­da­tion be­lieves ev­ery­one should have the op­por­tu­nity to make choices that al­low them to live a healthy life, re­gard­less of who they are or where they live,” he said.

“There are also other ways in which the health sys­tem could bet­ter ad­dress the heart health needs of Aus­tralians. This be­gins with more heart health checks by GPs and pre­ven­ta­tive health mea­sures.

“Se­condly, help­ing peo­ple bet­ter recog­nise the symp­toms of a heart at­tack, and act on them im­me­di­ately, would re­sult in more peo­ple get­ting to hos­pi­tal quicker. And lastly, greater ac­cess to car­diac re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams is crit­i­cal for peo­ple who have suf­fered a first heart at­tack, es­pe­cially those in these ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas, as re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion can help pre­vent a sec­ond heart event.”

The Heart Maps, back­ground in­for­ma­tion and a full re­port de­scrib­ing the data and anal­y­sis are avail­able at www.heart­foun­da­tion.org.au.

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