Thousands of Australians have been told that they have the age of the heart up to six years older than their biological age and may be at risk of having a heart attack.
The depth of the Australian Heart Disease crisis has ended further since more than 143,283 Australians use the Heart Foundation Heart Disease Calculator to check their heart health in response to a campaign by the organization and the Australian News Corp.
The test takes less than two minutes and gives an initial indication of heart condition; A very serious health issue that should also be discussed with a doctor.
More than 7,500 of those who have so far taken the test give their results to the Heart Foundation – and eight in ten had heart more than age.
One in fourteen years old had a similar heart to biological age; and one in ten hearts were younger than their actual age.
The General Governor and sponsor of the Heart Foundation, Peter Cosgrove, urged people to go on the online calculator.
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"When the Heart Foundation was formed, about 1 in 3 heart disease died. Today it has improved to 1 in 10. But for all the increase, so that all the lives can be kept, it's more to do.
Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in this country – claiming one person's life every half an hour. I'm urging all Australians to use the calculator and take action to
reduce their own risk. "
Bill Stavreski, General Manager of the Heart Foundation, Heart Health and Research, said on average, that older people have six-year-olds older than age.
A large proportion of people who carried out the Heart Foundation Heart Disease Calculator did not know their blood pressure and / or cholesterol levels.
"This is because BP and cholesterol are the risk factors that lead to heart disease, and they are also invisible. We encourage these people to have a Heart Health Check – knowing that your numbers could save you life, "said Mr. Stavreski.
You can search the calculator on the Heart Foundation website.
Sourcing results come after Australian News Corp earns a great benefit in the #ShowSomeTicker campaign by ensuring that both sides of politics agree to Medicare funding for a new heart health check.
The check, carried out by a GP to assess the risk of a person from having a heart attack over the next five years, is an essential step in the fight against heart disease, which causes the greatest single deaths Australia causes 51 deaths a day.
Government Morrison will present the checks from April 1 and Bill Shorten's Opposition Leader has promised to provide $ 170 million for the bill if he or she gets a government. The Greens are also behind the initiative.
The Government of Morrison will also provide $ 220 million in new funding for new heart disease and treatments research.
During the Heart Health Check, a GP will check their blood pressure, cholesterol, lifestyle factors and smoking status and family history then estimate their risk of having a heart attack during the next five years.
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It is hoped that those at risk will be prescribed for medication to prevent heart attack and will take steps to adjust their lifestyle through eating more and more exercise.
Having a family history of heart disease rises a person's risk of developing heart disease and two in five people said that this was a danger.
"If they have not already done so, we urge these people to have a heart health check with their GP to determine their overall risk and control properly," said Mr. Stavreski.
The CEO of the Institute, Professor John Kelly AM, has this huge success in breaking the death rate of heart disease by 62 percent over six decades – but warned "we have become complacent as a community".
He added: "Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Australia, killing one Australia every 28 minutes. The truth is that, with an aging population, increasing obesity rates and reducing physical activity, we have much more work to do to reduce the impact of heart disease on the Australian community. "
Having secured a commitment to a Medicare-funded heart health check, News Corp. Australia and the Heart Foundation now ask political leaders to consider six other stages to include a hedge on heart disease.
Better access to rehabilitation programs after someone has a heart attack is essential to prevent them from having a heart attack.
Australia's guidelines for heart disease are day-to-day and need $ 500,000 to update.
Women experience a heart attack different from men, and it has been found that our health system is discriminating against them so we need women and heart disease campaigns.
There is also a need for more steps to stop tobacco use and to improve the diet and exercise practices of the nation, and we need to finish rheumatoid heart disease in communities that are at risk.