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The spotlight this month is first on National Reconciliation week (May 27-June 3) which is so incredibly important for a number of reasons. We endeavour to support our First Nations women (who have a significantly higher risk of heart disease) and would encourage you to check out the link below for the wonderful collaboration we have with Hitnet. Second, is the focus on Heart Rhythm week (June 7-13) and we have some simple ways to check if you feel your heart is “fluttering” or going fast/ racing. Often this is ignored (or simply put down to feeling tired or unwell) and it can sometimes be important to follow up with your GP/ health physician.

Finally, I was thrilled to be a part of the writing and review team, alongside Prof Gemma Figtree representing Australia in the recent Global review of Heart Disease in Women: The Lancet women and cardiovascular disease Commission: reducing the global burden by 2030. This important review was driven by Her Heart Adviser Dr Noel Bairey-Merz and Prof Roxana Mehran who is the Mount Sinai Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Research and Outcomes, and Professor of Medicine. The key findings are discussed in the Blog here.

Until next month, please enjoy this bulletin and stay safe. 

Best wishes


Dr Linda Worrall-Carter

Founder, Her Heart.

National Reconciliation Week

As we celebrate National Reconciliation week (May 27-June 3) we commemorate important milestones in the reconciliation journey (see Reconciliation Australia) and also look forward to expanding these further. Chronic Diseases, such as heart disease, are responsible for around 64% of the total disease burden among Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander populations. This disproportionate burden needs attention and at Her Heart, we have worked with key National Groups such as Hitnet around trying to raise awareness around heart disease for Aboriginal women. Please check out some of our work in this community here

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This year the first-ever global report about cardiovascular disease in women was published in a leading scientific journal, The Lancet. The report indicates although awareness of cardiovascular problems has increased, awareness campaigns have not paid attention to assessment of risk and sex specific risk factors. Please see our blog for more information here.

World Heart Rhythm Week

For this year’s World Heart Rhythm Week, the message of #ListenToYourHeart aims to emphasise the importance of pulse checks in order to detect irregular heart rhythms or arrhythmia. During an arrhythmia, your heart could be beating too fast, too slow or flutters. Some of the symptoms include fainting, a fluttering feeling in your chest, dizziness, chest pain or breathlessness. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it is best to visit your GP for a heart health check. 
For more information, visit our post on arrhythmia here.

Simple way to check your pulse at home

1. Hold your left or right arm palm-side up.

2. Place your pointer and middle finger on the outside of your wrist, almost directly under your thumb. Feel around for a pulse. You can also find a pulse on the side of your neck.

3. If your pulse feels regular, count the number of beats in 30 seconds then double that. If your pulse feels irregular, count for a full 60 seconds.

If it is irregular or greater than 120 beats per minute, visit your GP to discuss.

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