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September 2020

Her Heart Community Bulletin

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

The Heart Health Guide by Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos

The Mediterranean diet has been scientifically proven to prevent heart disease. If you enjoy cooking or would like to learn to cook Mediterranean food, Dr Catherine has authored over 70 scientific publications including The Mediterranean Diet and The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook.

The Heart Health Guide by Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos is published by Macmillan Australia. RRP $34.99, out today!

Find out more

Share your story


At Her Heart, we love creating a platform for our readers to share their stories about heart health. If you are open to having your story heard, we would love to create a dialogue with you. 

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Heart health checklist


We encourage you to check your heart health annually. Download our Heart Health checklist and take it with you when next visiting your GP.

 

On this World Heart Day, I hope that you get to pause and consider booking a heart health check. I know its difficult as we all continue to navigate through various stages of lockdowns during this Pandemic, but I would encourage you to prioritise YOU!!
 
It’s been a busy month, as we have supported Women’s Health Week and there have been other important days where we have been encouraged to reach out to others – such as R U OK Day.
 
Thank you again for those who continue to contact us, offering to share your stories with others and support our endeavours.
 
Stay safe.
Linda
 
Dr Linda Worrall-Carter,
Founder & Director of Her Heart

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