Governor wins women’s hearts in Casino
HIS EXCELLENCY General The Honourable David Hurley, Governor of NSW and Patron of the Heart Foundation NSW was in Casino today in support for a Heart Foundation campaign to raise awareness of women and heart disease.
The Heart Foundation chose Casino with good cause.
“Our statistics show that that the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the Richmond Valley and Tweed area is higher than the NSW average, and as many as 38 percent of adults have high cholesterol and 39 percent have high blood pressure.
Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Australian women, taking the life of 24 females every day. Three times as many Australian women die of heart disease compared to breast cancer, but awareness of this risk is low amongst women and the community generally.
Heart Foundation NSW Women and Heart Disease Manger Angela Hehir said that more than 90 percent of Australian women have at least one modifiable risk factor for heart disease, and half of all women have two or three risk factors.
“At the same time, the numbers of people that are sufficiently physically active is significantly lower than the average for NSW,”she added.
When it does strike, heart disease does not always look the same in women “as many as 40 percent will not experience the classic chest pain symptoms more commonly seen in men. Instead, women are more likely to experience non-typical symptoms of heart attack like pain in the arm, neck or jaw, feeling nauseous, sweaty or fatigued.
“Through this campaign we want to make women aware that this is not just a man’s disease and that there are things they can do to reduce their risk. We also want them to recognise the warning signs so they can take prompt action,’ said Angela.
Health Promotion Projects Officer at Lismore Women’s Health & Resource Centre Nerida Colley said that women in rural and regional Australia have worse heart health and are more likely to die from heart disease compared to women in urban areas.
“We can only assume that the already high rates of heart disease in our region will increase so we need to engage in prevention strategies, particularly in the younger age groups to help stem the tide,” she said.
“We are delighted to have the Governor in Casino to launch this important campaign and look forward to working with the Heart Foundation to make this Invisible issue more visible,” she added.
The Heart Foundation’s Making the Invisible Visible campaign is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
The call to action:
Have a heart health check
Know the warning signs of a heart attack
Join the campaign in June: visit invisiblevisible.org.au