“Day of Hearts” Day is celebrated on 14 February and encourages us all to take care of our hearts.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia. One Australian dies every 27 minutes from heart disease and someone has a heart attack every 9 minutes. It is also a major cause of disability. With February being the heart disease awareness month, this article will explore what you can do to help reduce your risk of developing heart disease and how the team at Next Practice Deakin may be able to help.
There are multiple risk factors that increase your risk for heart disease. Some of these are modifiable but some are not.
What are the heart disease risk factors that I cannot change?
Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to reduce the chances of getting heart diseases.
What are the risk factors that I can do to lower my risk?
At Next Practice Deakin, the GPs believe in using technologies to help you to look after your own health in partnership with them. For example, the Next Practice patient’s phone app allows you to record your blood pressure readings and share them with your doctor at your follow-up visits. This allows practitioners to keep track of your BP and allow modification of medications if necessary. You can do the same with your weight and height. Your doctor can share information on diet, exercise, cholesterol, smoking cessation and so on and make these available onto your Next Practice app. The app can show your medications and you can schedule reminders. You can even see your own pathology results through the app.
Each of our rooms are named after inspirational people in health. One of the consultation rooms at Next Practice Deakin is named “The Hart Room”. This is named after Julian Tudor Hart who was a GP, researcher and writer in Wales, UK. He was the first GP to measure the blood pressure of all of his patients and after 25 years of doing so, produced the evidence to show how he reduced premature mortality by 30%. He proved how high quality records, teamwork and audit are the keys to health improvement.
As we embark on heart awareness month, why not take that next step and visit one of our friendly general practitioners for a “healthy heart check” and start the new year right by looking after your heart!
@Next Practice Deakin, the team based care, quality records and contemporary approach to measurement for improvement are foundational to our work. Our value of equity; that is providing care based on clinical need, is a core value.
Want to know more about what’s happening in Feb 2021 and how you can make a positive contribution? Check out the following links.
Heart Research Australia
Heart Research Month raises awareness on the importance of life-saving heart research, including preventing, diagnosing and treating heart disease. Wear Red Day occurs on 14 February to help raise awareness for cardiovascular disease. This day is supported by Heart Research Australia. For more information, visit www.heartresearch.com.au/wrd
International Childhood Heart Disease awareness day
Heartkids raises awareness for children’s heart disease and works towards reducing the occurrence of the disease. It provides irreplaceable support for children with heart disease and their families, as well as those who have lost young children. Sweetheart Day occurs on 14th of February and is launched by HeartKids Australia to encourage donations to continue their work providing support and advocacy, growing awareness and enabling further research into children’s heart disorders. Find out more at www.heartkids.org.au.
Heart Health Check
The heart health check is a comprehensive check to help you better understand your risk of heart disease and strokes. A video (https://youtu.be/dHGI9O6m3B0 ) from the Heart Foundation explains what this check is and what you can expect. More details are available at https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/heart-health-education/heart-health-checks .