Heart disease is the number one killer of Australians, with the most recent statistics suggesting it is responsible for over a quarter of deaths across the nation annually.
The Port Elliot Computing Centre recently hosted a session with the aid of the Heart foundation, to spread community awareness of the disease and how people can recuse their risks.
On March 11, coordinator of the Computing Centre Barbara McDonald, welcomed Charlie Sheridan from the Heart Foundation to speak to the community on heart health at the Port Elliot Uniting Church Hall.
On average, 20 Australians die from heart attacks every day and many of these deaths are preventable.
Key takeaways from the session were to have regular health checks and to stay informed on heart disease risk factors.
You can manage your own heart health with five simple steps:
- Eat a heart healthy diet
- Spend more time being active
- Be smoke-free
- Understand and control your cholesterol levels
- Understand and control your blood pressure.
Attendees were also given some helpful resources including a heart action plan chart.
In the wake of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Port Elliot Computing Centre has made the decision to temporarily close until further notice.
Committee member Miriam Daniel said the decision would be reviewed regularly as official advice was monitored.
"If people have any queries please do not hesitate to call the following committee members: Barbara: 0407 606 671, Miriam: 8552 9664 or Kate: 0458 609 922," said Ms Daniel.