Has a member of your family been affected by a heart attack? It's said that around 55,000 heart attack patients are treated a year, with the Heart Foundation alerting that little is known if these patients are getting the best quality treatment and care.
Heart Foundation cardiologist professor Derek Chew wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia on August 6 to call for a national heart attack register. The introduction of this initiative will help to track and monitor cardiac services.
"Having a comprehensive national heart attack register would tell us whether people are getting the right tests and the right procedures at the right time," said professor Chew.
"Crucially it would also help us identify high risk patients who are falling through the cracks of the current system and help us track people in the event of a device failure or recall."
If you have a family member affected by heart problems ensure they're getting the best of care by reviewing your family health insurance plan.
There may be better health insurance plans available to provide better care and treatment.
Professor Chew says that the register would give a better insight into whether particular groups or locations were more affected.
"Without this ongoing monitoring or feedback, we cannot possibly know whether we’re delivering a good service for heart attack patients," he said.