01.Know the warning signs
The death of a 27-year-old man who collapsed and went into cardiac arrest near Sydney's City 2 Surf's finishing line on Sunday has prompted Heart Research Australia to remind people that heart disease affects everyone, regardless of age.
It stresses the need for awareness of the warning signs of a heart attack, and encourages people to know their risk factors, which can reduce the chance of developing heart disease.
According to Heart Research Australia, almost half of heart attack survivors experience jaw, neck, back or shoulder pain during a heart attack, yet only one in five Australians are aware they are symptoms of a heart attack.
Floyd Larsen, Heart Research Australia CEO, says, "Most people think that chest pain is the only warning sign, but not enough are aware of symptoms such as jaw, neck, back or shoulder pain which are also common heart attack warning signs"
Heart attack warning signs include pain, pressure, heaviness or tightness in one or more parts of the upper body (chest, neck, jaw, arm(s), shoulder(s) or back) in combination with other symptoms of nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness or a cold sweat.
"There is no single cause for heart disease, but by knowing the risk factors you can reduce your chance of developing it. Silent risk factors such as high cholesterol and blood pressure show no visible symptoms therefore it is important that you know your numbers and have a health professional give you an annual health check, especially if you have a family history of heart disease" advises Larsen.