Peak body hearts4heart is urging Logan residents over the age of 65 to be smart about their health and speak with their GP as part of heart failure awareness week (June 27-3 July). 

The health charity has launched an online campaign with the goal to raise awareness of heart failure and to educate people about heart failure symptoms, especially among those over the age of 65.

Hearts4Heart CEO Tanya Hall says while heart failure can affect people of all ages, it is the leading cause of hospitalisations in people over age 65.

“Prevalence increases with age from around 1% for those aged less than 55 years to 10% of those over the age of 70 years.

“Unfortunately, dangerously low levels of awareness of heart failure is leaving Australians vulnerable to the long term condition. 

“And when left untreated, heart failure progressively worsens.

“But with early diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle changes, a person with heart failure can reduce their risk of hospitalisation, and live a longer, healthier life.”

Mrs Hall says heart awareness is also especially crucial among rural and indigenous communities, because the rate of heart failure is 90% higher than in major cities. 

“That’s why it’s important for local residents that they are aware of the heart failure symptoms and speak to their GP.”

Mrs Hall says the goal is to also to encourage critical conversation.

“The goal of heart failure Awareness Week is to raise awareness but also to create opportunities to encourage critical conversations about the importance of reform of how; heart failure, diagnosis, treatment, and long term management is addressed in Australia.

Heart failure claims around 61,000 lives every year – that’s approximately 1 person dying of heart failure every 3 hours, 8 deaths each day.

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