February is Heart Research month which aims to raise awareness about heart disease and the importance of supporting life-saving heart research. Heart Research Australia supports world-class researchers to research into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease.
With heart disease being so prevalent amongst Australians it is important to know the risk factors and how to keep your heart healthy.
90% of Australians have at least on risk factor for heart disease. But the good news is that for most risk factors, you can do something about them.
Risk factors you can control:
- High Blood Pressure
- Being inactive
- Being overweight
- Unhealthy diet
Risk factors you can’t control:
- Age: as you get older your risk of heart disease increases.
- Gender: Men have a higher risk of heart disease. Women’s risks grow and may be equal to men after menopause.
- Ethnic background
- Family history: If a family member has heart disease, speak to your doctor about your risk.
By improving your lifestyle, including diet and level of fitness, you can minimize your risk of getting heart disease.
Take control of your future health and wellbeing. Speak to one of out Upper Mt Gravatt GPs today to help you create a plan about how you can improve your risk. It’s easy to book an appointment day or night by clicking here: www.reydonstreet.com.au/billing-arrangements/bookings/
To show your support you can wear red or donate to Heart Research Australia to support researchers on their quest to find breakthroughs into heart disease.