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Date posted: 23 April 2013
Each year, almost 10,000 Australians die of a heart attack, a toll which means one Australian life is claimed every 53 minutes. This year the Heart Foundation will be aiming to help improve the heart health of all Australians by helping people recognise the warning signs of a heart attack and take action that could save their life.
The Heart Foundation will be launching an advertising campaign during Heart Week which will run from Sunday 5 May to Saturday 11 May. A number of downloadable resources about the warning signs of heart attack are available from the Heart Foundation website and include posters, fact sheets, video clips and an individual action plan. Also available are resources for staff working in primary health care settings including an online learning module and patient education information.
Heart Week 2013 is an opportune time to run activities promoting good cardiovascular health with Indigenous peoples. The Australian Indigenous HeartInfoNet is a good source of Indigenous resources and campaign ideas for cardiovascular health promotion. Health workers can refer to the recently published Review of cardiovascular health among Indigenous Australians for the most up-to-date statistical information on this subject.
Source: Heart Foundation; Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
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