Heart problems high in Belmont
BELMONT has the highest number of heart-related hospital admissions in the metropolitan area, a new study published by the Heart Foundation has revealed.
The study, Australian Heart Maps, was a national online service highlighting how indicators for heart disease were distributed throughout Australia’s hospital network.
Belmont had an age-standardised rate of 64.6 per 10,000 people, which was “significantly above average”, compared to Victoria Park 54.3 and South Perth 39.0.
The lowest ASR in the metropolitan area was Cottesloe with 29.3 while the WA average was 47.
Heart Foundation WA chief executive officer Maurice Swanson said he believed Belmont’s ASR could be due to high rates of risk factors, including cholesterol levels, smoking and physical inactivity.
“However at this stage we don’t have risk factor figures specifically for Belmont, only for the whole southeast region which Belmont is part of,” Mr Swanson said.
“The Heart Foundation is working with the WA Department of Health to drill down to the local government level and further data collected over the next two years may explain higher hospital admission rates in some areas.”
Mr Swanson said with the passage of the Health Act by the WA Parliament, local governments were required to prepare public health plans. “These plans will enable local governments to review the information on risk factors and work with and support their local communities to make the healthier choices the easiest choices,” he said.
Heart Foundation national chief executive officer John Kelly said the heart maps would serve as a valuable tool for health professionals, health services, local governments, researchers and policy makers to set strategy, plan services and target prevention initiatives.
The heart maps display separations for heart attacks, unstable angina and heart failure between 2012 and 2014.
To access the heart maps, visit www.heartfoundation.org.au.