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It starts with your heart: two-thirds of at-risk Aussies ignoring vital heart check-ups

As we celebrate Heart Health Week, Heart Foundation is calling on Australians aged 45-74 to resume annual Heart Health Checks.

Study suggests strategies important for mitigating loneliness after spousal loss

A recent study has found that loneliness is a greater challenge in widowhood than social isolation or lack of social support, and strategies that help the bereaved form a new sense of identity could be beneficial.

Survivors of heart attacks not aware of ongoing risks: new research

Research suggests survivors of the nation's single-biggest killer aren't sufficiently aware of the ongoing risks. A Heart Foundation survey of 400 heart attack patients has revealed many weren't given resources to help them understand their condition or support their recovery when they left hospital.

Shock results for under-50s as two million Aussies take heart age test

Seven out of 10 Aussies yet to hit their 50s have a ‘heart age’ above their actual age, new figures reveal – and millions do not know their blood pressure or cholesterol numbers.

Glaring omission of many older women across multiple decades of stroke studies

New research from the George Institute of Global Health has revealed that older women have been consistently under-represented in decades worth of vital, stroke-related studies.

Heart Foundation closes Heart Health Helpline due to sharp decline in demand

The Heart Foundation will close its telephone helpline service from next Friday, October 22, and callers will now be referred to alternative medical services including Health-direct, Nurse-on-call and their doctor for immediate support.

Cardiovascular disease deaths continue to fall, but 1.2 million Australians affected by heart, stroke or vascular disease

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that 1.2 million Australian adults had one or more conditions related to heart, stroke or vascular disease in 2017–18.

Fears 27,000 heart checks missed during pandemic could lead to wave of heart disease: new data

Nearly 350 heart attacks, strokes or heart-related deaths over the next five years could have been prevented if Heart Health Checks had not been missed or delayed because of COVID-19, according to new modelling released by the Heart Foundation. 

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