The health and wellbeing of football participants is the highest priority for all involved in the game, making it important that all players, especially seniors, book in with their General Practitioner to get a thorough heart health check-up.
It can be lifesaving!
Your own health is vastly more important than that of your car, yet we get our cars serviced regularly and require a pink slip to register our vehicles. In much the same way, it is a no brainer to get your heart checked ASAP – your family and friends will thank you!
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading single cause of disease burden and death in Australia and the world for both Men & Women.
- 4 million Australians have a high chance of having a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, or stroke in the next five years. Many are unaware of this risk;
- When it comes to heart health, like in business, it’s important to know your numbers – regular heart health checks with your GP help you better understand your risk of a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, or stroke in the next five years; and
- Your GP and nurse can support you to make positive changes to lower this risk.
Modelling released by the Heart Foundation in 2021 found at least 27,000 Australians were likely to have missed their heart health checks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heartbeat of Football’s (HOF) own testing data has also revealed it is more important than ever to get tested.
In 2021, as a result of COVID-19 imposed restrictions and inactivity, we saw a 72% increase on our average for referrals to a GP due to high blood pressure, blood sugar or cholesterol. HOF have already conducted more than 10 testing days in NSW this year, with two events exceeding a record 50% of people tested being recommended to see their GP for further checks.
PREVENTION IS THE BEST DEFENCE
Go to your GP and get a heart health check-up that includes testing for key modifiable factors, including blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar level.
These are what Heartbeat of Football test for at its Heart Health Awareness & Testing Days – Book yours today and support your club, community and teammates. They are simple, quick & FREE!
Common medical tests that may be needed to diagnose your heart include:
- Angiogram – Coronary angiogram and Coronary computed tomography angiogram (CCTA)
- Chest X-ray
- Echocardiogram (heart ultrasound)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Electrophysiology studies
- Stress tests – Exercise stress test; Stress echocardiogram (stress echo) and Nuclear cardiac stress test
Often heart disease is a genetic issue, so it is always better to know!
You can find out more about heart disease and Heart Health Tests at Heartbeat of Football.
DON’T DELAY, GO TODAY
Go to your GP and get your heart tested today.
There is no excuse to delay gaining an understanding and being empowered to make positive changes to lower your risk.
Your life may just depend on it.