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The heart of the matter

Valentine's Day is here, but you already know that, don't you? How could you miss it? The look of love is plastered in varying shades of red and pink everywhere you turn.

This February we are talking all things 'love' and 'hearts' but unfortunately or fortunately for you, there'll be no warm fuzzy feelings or heart-shaped, strawberry flavoured chocolates in sight. We want to get down to some more serious business - heart disease.

Unlike Valentine’s Day, this killer disease is less visible. It isn't desired, isn't expected and doesn't come wrapped in a nice red ribbon. Heart disease is not made a fuss of, yet being the single biggest killer of Australian women, we think that should change.

Take two dozen red roses and dedicate each one of them to the number of women that die every day due to this disease. The statistics are frightening and confronting but this February we can join together in a positive way to support the life-saving research for this disease.

Making the Invisible Visible. Let's take a look at some of the stats.

Making the Invisible Visible. Discover if you could be at risk.

Take the Heart Foundation Australia's quiz to find out if you could be at risk of heart disease. Why not ask someone you love to take this quiz too. We'll be sharing all this information over on our Facebook page so be sure to share this with your friends and spread the knowledge.

Making the Invisible Visible. You think you know but you have no idea.

Part of the Heart Foundation Australia's Making the Invisible Visible campaigns is raising awareness of the assumptions made of heart disease, who it can affect and at what age. Thinking middle-aged, overweight men are just at risk is an assumption to quickly disregard.

Katie was 23 when she was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia and Jacqui, a busy mum of two was 43 when she had three cardiac arrests. Hear their stories below.

If you have any questions or concerns about your heart health, book an appointment to see your GP today.


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