Celebrating World Heart Day
Today, we celebrate World Heart Day. What does this mean to you?
It’s a time of reflection, to think of ourselves and our heart health.
In the midst of this pandemic, we have all experienced strains and stresses at the same time trying to balance work and home life, juggle homeschooling and worrying for the loved ones we cannot visit. These stresses may have you smoking more, eating foods that increase your diabetes or blood pressure putting more strain on your heart.
Together with The World Heart Federation (WHF), we ask you to focus on your heart health. To look at addressing these important factors and prevent you from being diagnosed with heart disease.
The WHF have created the Use Heart campaign encouraging us to think differently, to make the right decisions, to help others and to act with courage. The simplest way to help yourself is to book in a health check.
Help us to spread the word and raise awareness, talk to the people you love and your community. To make a difference, help us raise funds and continue raising awareness that 80% of heart disease is preventable.
To support any of our community campaigns visit here or if you prefer to donate click here. We thank you for any support you can give.
COVID 19 and the effects on the heart
- Researchers say people are more than twice as likely to die from a heart attack during the COVID-19 pandemic because many aren’t going to the hospital after experiencing symptoms of heart trouble.
- Swift action is needed after a heart attack because an artery could be blocked.
- Even non-fatal heart attacks can cause long-term health issues.
- Lifestyle changes and additional stress during COVID-19 may be increasing certain people’s risk of having a heart attack.
Dr Rahul Kurup, a researcher at the Heart Research Institute and a specialist cardiologist in Western Sydney, NSW explains the impact of COVID-19, “Evidence shows the death rate for those with existing heart disease is almost 12 times higher than it is for people without heart disease. By unravelling the deadly link between the coronavirus and heart disease, we can help save lives.”
What can you do to safeguard your heart health; practice social distancing, wash hands regularly and if you experience any symptoms get tested and self-isolate.
Help us spread the word
Share your voice in ways you are most comfortable. Spread the word on your socials or like and share our posts using “#UseHeart to Make Better Choices”, “#UseHeart to Prevent Diabetes”, “#UseHeart to Quit Smoking”, “#UseHeart to Thank Nurses” or like and share our posts.
To learn more about the WHF ‘Use Heart’ campaign click here.