Heart disease kills four times more women than breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. That’s why this month – Heart Research Month – Heart Research Australia is raising awareness of the risks of heart disease.
The risks of heart disease include tobacco smoking, insufficient physical activity, dietary behaviour, excessive alcohol consumption, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, obesity and depression.
“Whilst heart disease is Australia’s biggest killer, there is good news; most of the risk factors are modifiable. Modifiable is changeable. We are encouraging all those Australians to make that change this month,” said Heart Research Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Floyd Larsen.
So, in February, while Australians are concentrating on matters of the heart, we are asking them to increase their awareness and take action for the health of their heart said Mrs Larsen.
In the month of February, Heart Research Australia asks all Australians to track their everyday kilometres and match them dollar for dollar – an initiative called the RedFeb Relay. “Our goal is to raise $500,000 for heart disease research and to get Australia moving,” said Mrs Larsen.
Heart Research Australia raises funds for first-stage, pioneering research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease said Mrs Larsen.
“The research we have funded has already achieved positive results in the treatment of heart disease but more needs to be done. Sadly, heart disease remains the largest killer of Australians,” said Mrs Larsen.