From the CEO
This month we celebrate Mother's Day, Heart Week (May 3rd -9th ), International Nurses Day (12th May) World Hypertension Day (17th May) and World ‘No Tobacco' Day (May 31st).
Heart Week this year is focusing on health professionals asking their patients about their risk of developing heart disease. Having annual heart health checks is encouraged, and you might wonder ‘what is a heart health check?’ An annual heart health check is a short check-up with your GP (about 20 minutes) each year which is covered by Medicare and is free at GP practices that bulk bill. You are eligible to have a heart health check if you are 45 and over and do not already have heart disease. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are eligible from 30 years old.
Having regular check-ups with your GP is particularly important since the pandemic has disrupted our ability to touch base with our GPs/ health care professional. Also, routine checks such as checking cholesterol levels and having your blood pressure checked are important in managing your risk. You can download our Heart Health Checklist (https://herheart.org/heart-health-checklist/) and use this as a reminder and make notes on!
This month we have also been working with some amazing women who have shared their inspirational stories of living with heart disease and managing self-care. These will be posted on our website in the coming months so keep an eye out for them. We would love to hear from you about your experience with heart health, sharing your story can inspire others and motivate them to make that appointment and reduce their risk!
We hope you or your mum had a great Mothers Day this month!
Prof Karen-leigh Edward