CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

BY COURTNEY HALL

WHAT IS CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

The term cardiovascular disease (CVD) is used to describe many different conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. The most common and serious types of CVD in Australia are coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and heart failure.


Cardiovascular health was one of the first national health priority areas (NHPA), being added in 1996. This is because of its massive affect on the Australian population. Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia killing an Australian every 12 minutes.

STATISTICS ABOUT CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

  • 1 in 5 people have cardiovascular disease
  • 30% of deaths are from cardiovascular disease
  • responsible for 11% of hospitalisations

CAUSES OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

POOR DIET

    A diet with high levels of saturated and trans fats puts you more at risk of heart disease. A diet high in cholesterol is going to raise you blood cholesterol levells, moving you closer and closer to coronary artery disease. A high blood cholesterol level can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries, called atherosclerosis, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

LACK OF EXERCISE

A lack of exercise can increase your risk of getting a heart disease. It is recommended that everyone get at least 30 minutes of exercise everyday and if you don't reach that recommendation then you are more likely to have cardiovascular health issues.

BIOLOGICAL

Some People are born with certain heart condition which can lead them having some cardiovascular health issues later in life such as heart disease or strokes. Their is a condition that is called atherosclerosis that leads to heart disease.

TREATMENT

For people with issues with heart health, docters will always recommend more physical activity and a healthy diet so that they can maintain a healthy weight and make it easier for their heart to work. But if the condition is serious enough then

you might have to take medication or even get surgery.

PROMOTIONS

  • The heart foundations tick of approval system helps people between food that are 'heart healthy and ones that are not
  • Halt hidden salt encourages people to remove all unnecessary salt from their diets
Heart foundatio local campaigns page

The heart foundations local campaigns page helps people find local support agencies in their area