According to a new Heart Foundation survey, two-thirds of at-risk Australians who need an annual heart checkup haven’t done so in the past two years.
A survey of 1,000 Australians found that 64% of people aged 45-74, or 5.5 million Australians, had not had a heart check-up by their doctor in the past two years , although more than half of this cohort either have high blood pressure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or being told by a doctor that they are at high risk for heart disease.
The Heart Foundation has issued a warning that this could lead to an undesirable increase in heart-related deaths and hospitalizations.
Australian residents, including those in Brimbank, can visit their local GP for a 20-minute appointment for a heart checkup, which will help them create a plan to reduce their risk of heart disease.
The Heart Foundation’s acting chief executive, Professor Garry Jennings, said the survey results showed an urgent need for Australians to have their hearts checked by a doctor.
“There has never been a more important time for Australians to come together and focus on heart health,” Prof Jennings said.
“Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Australia, we already lose over 18,000 lives there every year.
“Knowing that people have been postponing their heart health during the pandemic despite having significant risk factors is something that we find very concerning.”
“This, coupled with growing evidence from overseas studies that COVID-19 may further increase the risk of heart disease in those infected, means that heart disease could progress silently and unknowingly in large numbers of people. “
To learn more about heart health checkups, visit www.heartfoundation.org.au or contact your doctor to reserve your check.