Women's Health Week 6-10 September 2021

Check Your Blood Pressure & Cholesterol - Your Heart May Depend On It.

High blood pressure or hypertension can make the heart work harder than usual. Left untreated, this condition can cause damage to your arteries leading to heart disease. Cholesterol is a fatty-like substance found in the blood and body cells that can build up in the inner artery walls over time, harden, and turn into plaque. The build-up of plaque narrows the artery walls, reducing blood flow which can cause blockages leading to blood clots, stroke or heart attack.

It is important to be conscientious with getting your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly with your GP as these conditions are often termed as silent killers due to not always manifesting with obvious or visible symptoms. Many women are also not aware that cholesterol in particular is one of the most common factors putting women at risk of heart disease or heart attack.

We encourage you to have regular checks with your GP, as once detected, these conditions can be managed to reduce your risk and help you to lead a healthy heart lifestyle.

Having one heart attack or other cardiac event increases your risk of having another. Your mental health, social interactions with people, and participation in activities play a huge role in your recovery and improving your quality of life. It is important to avoid isolation and make sure you are connecting with family, friends and support groups with your peers. Our mission is to facilitate the transition of cardiac patients from hospital to home, for as long as is needed, by providing the physical, psychological, and social support to help reduce the risk of a secondary cardiac event.

Heart Support Australia facilitates peer support groups in locations across Australia, and for those in rural, regional or pandemic lockdown areas, we have now introduced an online peer support group via Zoom to keep you connected.

To join one of our peer support groups, either near you or online, for information, support and encouragement call us on 02 6253 0097 or send an email to office@heartnet.org.au to register.