World Heart Day, 29 September 2021

The Opportunity to Unite and Connect to Stop the Heartache.

Ischaemic Heart Disease, a cardiovascular disease, is the leading cause of deaths in Australia, (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2019). Also called coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease, it is the term given to heart problems caused by narrowed arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle.

Affecting both males and females, it has great impact on the elderly, Indigenous Australians and people living in remote and socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. The heartache also extends to patients’ family and friends.

For people who have experienced a heart event and are living with a cardiovascular disease, the additional threat of COVID-19 has been frightening and isolating. They are at risk of developing more severe forms of the virus, many have been living with lockdowns or restrictions, afraid to attend routine or emergency appointments and some have become isolated from their family and friends.

 

Now more than ever, we realise the need to unite and connect to stop the heartache. This World Heart Day we are all encouraged to USE HEART TO CONNECT.

If you have experienced a heart event or care for someone who does, Heart Support Australia is there for you to help you stay connected with a peer support network providing information, support and encouragement.

 

Heart Support Australia facilitates peer support groups in locations across the nation, and for those in rural, regional or pandemic lockdown areas, we have recently introduced a monthly online peer support group via Zoom to help you stay connected.

 

Copy and paste this link to your calendar and click to join us on the day: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83772209479

 

The next online support group is being held on:

Tuesday, 12 October

From 6pm to 7pm (AEDT)

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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.

Call us on 02 6253 00697 or send an email to office@heartnet.org.au for further information or to join a peer support group near you.