Buck up on heart war­rants

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By MARYKE PENMAN

For­mer All Black Wayne ‘‘Buck’’ Shelford is urg­ing Ki­wis to get their hearts checked be­fore it’s too late.

Mr Shelford is back­ing the Heart Foun­da­tion’s cam­paign this month in a bid to pre­vent one of the coun­try’s num­ber one killers – heart dis­ease.

Part of the prob­lem is that Kiwi men are too staunch to go to the doc­tor, Mr Shelford says.

‘‘Men gen­er­ally, and Maori and Pa­cific men in par­tic­u­lar, don’t look af­ter them­selves as well as women.

‘‘We’ve got all the ex­cuses like ‘I don’t have time’, ‘ I’m not sick’.

‘‘Many men might not have a check-up for years, if ever. We need to get rid of that at­ti­tude,’’ he says.

It is cru­cial to make time for a gen­eral doc­tor’s check up, Mr Shelford says be­cause at the end of the day ‘‘it’s not just about us’’.

‘‘It’s be­ing there for our fam­i­lies. We’re the se­nior war­rior in our fam­i­lies and they need us to be around.’’

A heart check will pro­vide peo­ple with the in­for­ma­tion needed to help re­duce the risk of a heart at­tack or stroke.

It will in­di­cate the risk level of a per­son and, if nec­es­sary, the best ways of im­prov­ing heart func­tion.

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