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National Heart Failure Awareness Week 2022
1 July 2022
With 1 in 50 Australians affected by Heart Failure, it is a pressing health
concern that claims 8 lives every day and poses an ever-growing risk to
our population, especially those over 65 years of age. Despite the fact
that Australians spent over one million days in hospital due to heart
an estimated cost of $3.1 billion, not much is being done to prevent
Around 520 000 people fall victim to heart failure and live with the
impacts, and given that heart disease and heart attacks remain
Australia’s most significant threat, killing more people than any other
cause, it is surprising that there is little education or awareness.
Australia’s foremost preventative cardiologist Dr Warrick Bishop, who
heads the national Health Heart Network, says, “The low levels of
awareness about heart failure are leaving Australians vulnerable to this
condition. As a nation, we really need to take a preventative approach to
curb these numbers and save lives.”
That is why hearts4heart has launched the inaugural Heart Failure
Awareness Week (27 June – 3 July) which aims to reduce the impacts of
heart failure through raising awareness of the risk of heart failure,
recognising symptoms, and educating caregivers and health
professionals around patient care.
“Sadly, preventative health testing does currently not focus sufficiently
on heart health and it needs to change. We are still largely taking a tow-
truck approach and manage heart disease, heart attacks, and heart
failure once it occurs - which often is too late,” says Dr Bishop.
Early symptoms of heart failure range from shortness of breath after just
a little exercise, irregular heartbeat or palpitations, swelling of legs, feet,
or stomach, and extreme tiredness, low or no energy, among others. “It
is pressingly important to not disregard such seemingly small symptoms,
best yet, to go get your heart health checked,” says Dr Bishop.
There is a heart health risk calculator at www.virtualheartcheck.com.au
which takes the first step in identifying your risk group. From there you
may benefit from a 3D Heart Imaging Scan to help with further
Hearts4heart recommends, “If you’re over 65, or experiencing any of the
above symptoms - be heart smart. Get your heart checked! You’ve only
got one heart – don’t fail it."
Heart Failure Awareness Week is the perfect opportunity to take action -
book your heart health
Adelaide, South Australia