We hope you have had a lovely Easter break! This month we also remember the ANZACs, paying tribute to the men and women who served and those who are still serving in our defence forces.
Throughout April, Her Heart focuses on improving health knowledge to be able to discuss health plans with your doctor or other health professional. Such things as knowing the importance of getting regular blood pressure checks, accessing workplace health checks where these are available, learning about other health checks you can have done to monitor your health and learning about the benefits of doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise (such as walking) most days of the week.
For World Health Day (April 7th) the theme this year is “Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone”. We can all contribute to building a healthier world by adding those 30 minutes of daily exercise into our routine!
Finally, one of our advisors Dr Noel Bairey Merz spoke about women and heart health and the benefits of getting an annual heart check. Read more here
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Prof Karen-leigh Edward
Acting CEO, Her Heart
A new study finds important differences for men and women in heart attacks
A recent Australian study found women with heart disease had more active genes linked to cells of the vessel wall, whereas the genes that were more active in men were linked to the immune system. This suggests that the difference is in smooth muscle cells (most common in the wall of the arteries) which are critical cells in causing heart attacks.Read more here
Women’s hearts are smaller, their risk factors are different and so are their symptoms
It wasn’t that long ago, about 10 years, when researchers realized that men and women experienced different symptoms and types of heart disease. Women are urged to talk to their healthcare provider and get regular heart checks.Read our blog
Modest physical activity can improve your cardiovascular health
Did you know that being sedentary can increase your risk for prediabetes? Prediabetes is a sign that you may develop Type 2 Diabetes in the future, and it can also increase your risk for heart disease and stroke the same way full-blown diabetes can. So what can you do? Modest physical activity improves insulin sensitivity and reduces fat stores deposited in the belly area, which help prevent diabetes. Check out our healthy lifestyle tips
Delivering women’s heart health awareness education in the workplace
Education is a key pillar for reducing the incidence of heart disease. According to the World Health Organisation’s ‘Impact assessment – low education levels are linked with poor health, more stress and lower self-confidence. Help us to develop group sessions aimed at educating women on the importance of heart health education and awareness to prevent heart disease.Donate today