Hello from Her Heart

Community Bulletin 

MAY 2021


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 ( 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!

Best wishes


Prof Karen-leigh Edward

Acting CEO

Heart Week May | 3rd-9th

The most common warning sign of a heart attack is chest pain, but there are some other symptoms that are less obvious such as indigestion, shortness of breath, feeling faint and a cold sweat. If you or someone else experiences the symptoms of a heart attack, call immediately for an ambulance (in Australia this is Triple Zero). During Heart Week it is good to consider are you at risk? To learn more, listen to the stories of Veronica, Helena and Paula on our YouTube channel click here

Blood pressure and sex differences

The leading cause of death globally is heart disease and hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease. Hypertension involves many organs in the body and is considered a modifiable risk factor for heart disease. For decades, the best practice guidelines have referred to the upper range of blood pressure readings (the systolic blood pressure) as being 120 mm Hg for the normal upper limit.  Read more 

World Hypertension Day | May 17th

Hypertension is a raised blood pressure and can affect your heart.  According to the World Health Organisation, 1.13 billion people around the world have hypertension. Read More




May 31st is No Tobacco Day...Did you know?

Smokers have a 2-4 times greater risk of developing heart disease compared to non-smokers.

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