Buck up on heart warrants
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.