Check heart health

Central Queensland News - - YOUR SAY - — Stephen Vines CEO, Heart Foun­da­tion Queens­land

IT WAS great to see from the Queens­land Chief Health Of­fi­cer’s The Health of Queens­lan­ders 2018 re­port is­sued last week that we are liv­ing longer. But the ques­tion needs to be asked: How well are we liv­ing?

While it is good news to see pre­ma­ture death rates from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease have con­tin­ued to de­cline, the fact is this leaves us with a larger, age­ing pop­u­la­tion who are liv­ing longer lives with the bur­den of heart dis­ease and other chronic con­di­tions.

An age­ing and un­well pop­u­la­tion is an in­creas­ing con­cern for us as a com­mu­nity. It places a bur­den not only on the per­son but also their fam­ily, car­ers and the health and hos­pi­tal sys­tem.

One move to keep Queens­lan­ders well and re­duce the pres­sure on our health sys­tem would be an in­creased fo­cus on pre­ven­ta­tive health, so peo­ple can re­duce their risk of heart dis­ease and age with well­ness. We want to stop the heart at­tacks be­fore they hap­pen.

It is also good news from the re­port that we are smok­ing less and walk­ing more – these ac­tions will re­duce your risk of a heart at­tack.

They will make a big dif­fer­ence to Queens­lan­ders’ qual­ity of life.

The re­port also tells us that two out of five older Queens­lan­ders have high blood pres­sure and one in three have high choles­terol. This is a stark re­minder to see a doc­tor and get your heart health checked. Left un­treated, they are putting you in the ex­press lane to­wards a heart at­tack.

Ul­ti­mately, we all want to not only live longer lives, but health­ier, hap­pier ones as well.

cLAST week we an­nounced the plans for the up­grade of Ro­tary Park in Emer­ald, trans­form­ing the space into an in­clu­sive play­ground for chil­dren and young peo­ple of all abil­i­ties in the re­gion.

Our on­line and Face­book read­ers were ex­cited about the new park with the post re­ceiv­ing 37 likes, two com­ments and eight shares.

Ka­t­rina Inonda: Yes! A new park!

Sarah Cle­mow: We will finely have a park walk­ing dis­tance from our house, yay!

Jess Paten: My grandad Barry Hether­ing­ton, a for­mer mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club in Emer­ald be­lieves this is such a great idea and some­thing the town has needed for a while.

EMER­ALD Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre’s Link­ing Alms ap­peal is calling out for com­mu­nity sup­port to help strug­gling fam­i­lies around the re­gion and our Face­book read­ers think it’s a great idea.

La­toya Nash: The Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre is an amaz­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion. We’ll do a gro­cery col­lec­tion within our pay­ing it for­ward group to help them out this year.

PHOTO: KACEY PAR­SONS

COOL­ING OFF: Kacey Par­sons sent in this great photo this week of her dog Milo en­joy­ing a swim to beat the heat at Theresa Creek, Cler­mont. I think we should all fol­low Milo and jump in the wa­ter this week­end. If you have a photo you have taken and would like to share, keep an eye out on our Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

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