Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Australia, but looking after your heart health can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.
This World Heart Day, 29 September, you can be a Heart Hero by making three simple promises to yourself and your loved ones which will lower your risk of cardiovascular disease:
- To eat well and drink wisely,
- To exercise more, and
- To say no to smoking
To mark World Heart Day, members from the Casino Cardiac Rehabilitation Group recently met at Crawford Square to exercise on the outdoor gym equipment.
The group is part of the Healthy Heart Program run by Casino Community Health, which helps local residents get their health back on track after a cardiac episode, under the care of a multi-disciplinary team lead by Cardiac Nurse, Lisa Warne.
“The majority of our clients have had heart attacks, have had stents put in or have had open heart surgery for bypass or valve replacements,” Lisa Warne, Casino Community Health Cardiac Nurse, said.
“Some have irregular heart rhythms, pace-makers or internal defibrillators, but we assist them to get moving and stay on course to a healthier future.”
The multidisciplinary team includes a Dietitian, a Pharmacist, an Occupational Therapist, a Social worker, our Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist and Cardiac Nurse.
“This World Heart Day, we’re encouraging individuals to be aware of what they can do to reduce their risk of getting heart disease,” Lisa said.
“By making three simple promises to eat and drink well, exercise more and stop smoking, you’re on your way to having a healthier heart and reducing your risk of heart disease.”