Put your heart first this Valentine's Day
With the holiday of the heart almost upon us, it's that time again for us to take time to think about all of those we love in our lives, whether it be spouses, siblings, family or dear friends. But what if you were to wake up and find they were no longer by your side? I bet you didn't know that Heart disease is the single biggest killer of all Australians. Even more shockinglingly, not only do three times more women die of heart disease than breast cancer, but someone will suffer a heart attack every 10 minutes in our country.
Although it is one of the nation’s most threatening health concerns, it can be prevented. Which is why, on Valentine’s Day, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is urging Australians to put the hearts of their loved ones first.
The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s Making Valentine’s Day Meaningful campaign is looking beyond the tons of roses and gifts that come along with the cliche of Valentine’s Day and is encouraging Australians to protect the hearts of the people they love by starting an important health conversation.
“Knowing your numbers can save your life... Heart disease sadly claims the life of 1 in 3 Australians prematurely, but we have the power to change that,” says Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s, Dr Inken Martin.
“Women are getting their breasts scanned, men check their prostates, but Australians aren’t seeing heart health screening as a similar priority and the Victor Chang Institute wants this to change,” The data revealed women were at the heart of the matter. More than 50% of Australians tested who returned high blood pressure and cholesterol results were in fact women.
“Heart disease will kill 23 women every day in Australia. Conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol are known as silent killers because there are often no obvious signs or symptoms.” Dr Martin added.
On February 14, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute will also celebrate its 25th anniversary of life-saving heart research, giving hope to the millions of people who are suffering from heart disease.
“The Victor Chang Institute will continue to put the heart of Australia first as we find cures for heart disease. But we urge people to encourage their loved one’s this Valentine’s Day to visit their doctor for a simple heart health check. By doing this today, you can save heartache tomorrow.”
To see how you can Make Valentine’s Day Meaningful, visit victorchang.edu.au/valentinesday