Everyone knows a regular medical checkup is good for them, but often there are good reasons we do not get them. Anxiety, social pressure, and cost are real issues that keep people away from doctors.
Thankfully, in case of heart health, the Federal Government is taking away one of those excuses, by extending the Heart Health Assessment rebate.
Many Australians don’t know they are at risk of heart disease, as some factors – such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol – might not be noticeable without a medical assessment.
Every heart matters, and too much heart disease in Australia has been going undetected until it is too late.
“Heart disease is Australia’s biggest killer, one Australian has a heart attack or stroke every four minutes. About 2.5 million Australians have a high chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke in the next five years, and many don’t know it,” said Federal Health Minister, Mr Mark Butler.
“Talking to your GP about your heart health save lives, helping to prevent or catch heart disease early so that patients and doctors can take action to reduce the risk before it’s too late.”
To get your heart checked, talk to your GP. If you don’t have a GP, you can find one using the Health Direct website.