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Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, yet many heart attacks and strokes can be prevented through healthy behaviours.

In partnership with the Heart Foundation, we are sharing information, resources and activities throughout February to help reduce your risk of heart disease and adopt a heart healthy lifestyle.

Whilst the Heart Foundation recommends a Heart Health Check for patients 45 and over, or 30 and over for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People, we provide Heart Health Checks to patients 30 years and over as per the guidelines from the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS).

Heart Health Check

Having a Heart Health Check is an important first step to protecting your heart. A Heart Health Check is a 20-minute check-up with your GP to assess your risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years.

Whilst the Heart Foundation recommends a Heart Health Check for patients 45 and over, or 30 and over for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People, we provide Heart Health Checks to patients 30 years and over as per the guidelines from the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS).

Learn more about Heart Health Checks

Heart Age Calculator

Could you be at risk of heart disease? The Heart Foundation's Heart Age Calculator helps you learn about your risk of heart disease in 3 mins! 

  • The Heart Age Calculator estimates your heart age based on your inputs and compares to your actual age.
  • This calculator is intended for people aged 35-75.
  • Your risk of a heart attack or stroke may be higher if your heart age is greater than your actual age.

Check your estimated heart age




What is a heart attack?

For your heart to function properly, it needs a good blood supply. A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery, which supplies blood to your heart, becomes blocked. This stops the blood flow and reduces the amount of oxygen that gets to your heart muscle. This causes the most common heart attack symptoms, which are chest discomfort or pain and can spread to your arms, neck, jaw or back. Unlike angina this discomfort often last for longer than 10 minutes

5 warning signs of a heart attack

Just as no two hearts beat the same, no two heart attacks are the same, even for the same person. It is different for everyone and the warning signs someone experiences before a heart attack can vary drastically from person to person.

Heart attacks happen when one or more of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to your heart, become blocked. This means blood and oxygen can’t reach the heart and causes damage to the heart muscle. 

If you're experiencing any of these, tell someone. If symptoms are severe, or getting worse, or last for more than 10 minutes, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Seven surprising symptoms of heart disease

You’re probably familiar with some of the more ‘classic’ symptoms of heart disease. Chest pain (angina) which might feel like an uncomfortable pressure or heaviness. Palpitations or sensation of a racing heart. Feeling short of breath or having difficulty breathing.  

But did you know heart disease can also cause symptoms affecting other parts of your body?

10 steps to protect your heart health

Ready to help your heart keep on beating? Here are 10 important ways to reduce your risk of heart disease for a healthier life. 

Top 5 cholesterol questions answered

It’s waxy, fatty, and often unappreciated. Nope, it’s not that unwanted scented candle you got for Valentine’s Day. We’re talking about cholesterol.

You might’ve heard there is ‘good’ cholesterol and ‘bad’ cholesterol. Our bodies need some cholesterol to help build cells, hormones and vitamin D. But high levels of the bad kind can clog arteries and increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. 

Have you heard of Rheumatic Heart Disease?

Rheumatic heart disease is a serious condition where your heart valves are damaged after having acute rheumatic fever. Heart valves help make sure the blood flows in the right direction through the heart. If a valve is damaged, it might not close or open properly meaning some blood may flow backwards. 

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples are at high risk of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, with you people aged five to fourteen years most often affected. 

Mental health and heart disease

Having a mental health condition can have a negative impact on your heart health and increase your risk of heart disease.


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Heart-healthy dinners | 30 mins or less

The nutrition experts at the Heart Foundation have put together a delicious, evidence-based recipe book for you to look after your heart in a way that works for you. 

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Heart-healthy dinners | on a budget

Do you try to eat healthy but find it expensive? The Heart Foundation have put together an ebook with 13 heart-healthy recipes you can make from less than $5.50 per serve.

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Personalised Walking Plans

The Heart Foundation have FREE Personalised Walking Plans, tailored to your ability and easy to set up, sent directly to your inbox and simple to follow so you get more time for yourself.

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Find your local Heart Foundation walking group

Walking for an average of 30 minutes a day can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes by 30-40%. The Heart Foundation has walking groups across Australia where people get together, enjoy the outdoors and improve their heart health!

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Register for Coastrek!

Heart disease affects millions of people worldwide and is a leading cause of death in Australia. By participating in Coastrek hiking for healthy hearts, you can make a difference, and support research and programs that help prevent, treat, and ultimately stop heart disease in it's tracks.

All information sourced from the Heart Foundation