The happy HEART GUIDE
Simple ways to protect and correct your heart health
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.”
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