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Did you know an Australian dies from heart disease every 24 minutes

The good news is that heart disease is largely preventable. There is no single cause for heart disease, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing it.

Non-modifiable risk factors

  • increasing age
  • having family history of heart disease

Modifiable risk factors

  • smoking - both active smoking and being exposed to second-hand smoke
  • high blood cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • being physically inactive
  • being overweight
  • depression, social isolation and lack of quality support

One of the most important things you can do is talk to your doctor about your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is not always obvious and often there are no symptoms. That is why it is so important when you next visit your doctor to have your risk factors measured - whether or not you think anything is wrong with you.

Access free, personalised information on heart health, nutrition and healthy lifestyle by contacting The Heart Foundation’s Health Information Service or call 1300 36 27 87 during business hours and one of their qualified health professionals will be able to answer your query.

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