Free heart tests in Lismore this week
CHOLESTEROL levels may not be as topical as gluten free and paleo diets but heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Australia, government figures showed.
Private health fund HCF is offering free heart checks to members with extras at its Lismore branch this week under a partnership with charity Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
Around 1 800 HCF members in Lismore fell into the 75-plus and 85-plus age groups most at risk of heart disease, figures from the company showed.
Last year's testing program revealed 95% of participants did not know their cholesterol levels; 35% discovered their cholesterol levels were high and 22% had high blood pressure.
Nearly half of tested members were advised to see their GPs for further testing and health management.
Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showed that deaths from heart disease between 2010 - 2012 were 1.3 times higher in remote and very remote areas than in major cities.
Eligible HCF members will have their blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels tested at the Victor Chang Health Check Booth between December 7 - 9.