The happy HEART GUIDE

Sim­ple ways to pro­tect and cor­rect your heart health

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

The bad news is that one Aus­tralian will die of heart dis­ease ev­ery 27 min­utes, making it our coun­try’s big­gest killer. The good news, though, is that heart dis­ease is largely pre­ventable.

“It’s the lead­ing cause of death here but it doesn’t have to be,” Tamra Lan­g­ley, a clin­i­cal nurse con­sul­tant at the car­diac rehabilitation clinic of St Vin­cent’s Hospi­tal Syd­ney, says. “Peo­ple can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce – in some cases elim­i­nate – their risk fac­tors by making life­style changes.”

Car­di­ol­o­gist Garry Jen­nings, the chief med­i­cal ad­vi­sor of The Heart Foun­da­tion, adds: “Peo­ple tend to take their heart health for granted and think it’s some­thing they can worry about later in life, but it’s im­por­tant to cre­ate habits early on to set your­self up for a healthy, long life.

“On the flip side, it’s never too late to start tak­ing care of your heart. Tak­ing steps to im­prove your life­style can help re­verse the dam­age of years of ne­glect.”

Show your heart the at­ten­tion it de­serves by tick­ing off these boxes.

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