From tomorrow, Australians aged over 45 will be eligible for a simple Medicare-funded test that will reveal if they are at risk of a heart attack in the next five years. The Heart Health Check is a key win for the heart health campaign run in partnership between the Heart Foundation and News Corp papers. Millions of Australians are at risk of having a heart attack in the next five years but most won’t know this because, unlike for cancers, we have no national screening program for the disease. This new test means for the first time the health system will have a formalised screening program for the nation’s leading killer — heart disease. Melbourne GP Dr Martin Fox with patient mark Thomas at Southbank.Source:News Corp Australia The Heart Foundation estimates the heart health check will prevent more than 9000 deaths and 76,500 heart attacks over the next five years by identifying people at risk and managing them appropriately. Doctors around the country are already … [Read more...] about The heart health check that could save your life
Today News Corp Australia is calling out this unconscious bias in the system which has an incalculable human impact as families lose their mothers and chief carers. And we can report that the Labor Party has pledged to provide $300,000 to help tackle the problem by funding a national education campaign on women and heart disease run by the Heart Foundation. Thirty community organisations will be given $10,000 each to raise local awareness of heart disease and the ways women can reduce their risks of heat disease. “We will use the Heart Foundation’s Australian Heart Maps to help identify communities where Labor’s investment is most needed,” opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King said. Health Minister Greg Hunt has also responded to the campaign by writing to Professor Gemma Figtree, chair of the Australian Cardiovascular Mission asking her to oversee and develop a response to the matters raised by the Heart Foundation and to help improve women’s … [Read more...] about Women are dying because of endemic health system discrimination
PARIS: Treating younger people with high cholesterol levels may help reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke in later life, a major study showed Wednesday. Described as the "most comprehensive" review of its kind covering almost 400,000 patients over more than 40 years, the study in The Lancet said its findings on the link between cholesterol levels and ill health "may be particularly important in people under 45 years." A summary said that starting with the same cholesterol level and additional cardiovascular risk factors -- such as obesity or smoking -- men under 45 years faced a 29 percent risk of fatal or non-fatal heart disease or stroke by the age of 75. For women, the risk level was 16 percent. However, if their non-HDL (i.e. "bad") cholesterol levels were halved, typically by the use of statins, the men's risk came down to 6.0 percent and women fell to just 4.0 percent. Additionally, the study showed that "intervening early and intensively to reduce non-HDL cholesterol … [Read more...] about Obesity does more harm to men than women, raises heart attack risk by 29%
Email By Catherine Deveny Updated December 19, 2016 09:01:01 Map: Australia Women's lives look markedly different when they are able to decide if and when they become parents, writes Catherine Deveny. Why should men not be given the same opportunity? Infographic: A woman should not be forced to become a mother any more than a man should be forced to become a father, says Catherine Deveny. (Pexels: Katii Bishop) Picture this. A couple has been dating for a few months — having a great time drinking, talking, shagging and wandering through each other's worlds. They may have even discussed children, and one or both has made it clear they don't want any. The couple's use of contraception has also made implicit their desire to not become pregnant. But in the spirit of "Q: How do you make God laugh? A. Tell her your plans", suddenly, this hypothetical couple is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. After the initial shock, she has decided she wants to keep the child. He, … [Read more...] about Financial abortion: Should men be able to ‘opt out’ of parenthood?
The measures are the latest victory for the #ShowSomeTicker campaign run in partnership between the Heart Foundation and News Corp papers. The campaign has so far generated political action of some kind from both sides of politics to six of our seven key demands. Health Minister Greg Hunt announced this week he would provide funding of $500,000 to update the 2012 Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Guidelines to reflect current best practice evidence. Revision of these guidelines will ensure health professionals have the latest data to better detect cardiovascular disease and manage patients with the condition. Aussie film legend recovering after heart attack Australia’s undiagnosed serial killer The heart test that will save four lives a day New guidelines for heart attack risk funded. Picture supplied.Source:Supplied He also outlined funding of $1 million for expert organisations to develop initiatives to support Australians at high risk of heart disease and … [Read more...] about How heart disease was tackled in the Budget after joint Heart Foundation, News Corp campaign