Cardiovascular disease is a major problem that affects millions of Aussies. In fact, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1 in 6 Australians suffer from cardiovascular health problems – that's 3.4 million people. One in 3 deaths in Australia were the result of cardiovascular problems as well. It's clear to many health specialists that heart health is a priority for care in Oz.
What is cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease refers to any chronic illnesses plaguing the heart and arteries. Heart disease affects people in a variety of ways. Heart attack and stroke may be two of the best-known effects of cardiovascular problems, but the condition is complex. Heart failure, problems with the valves of the heart and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia) are a few other related complications.
How can we work to eliminate it?
While there is a genetic component to cardiovascular disease, many risk factors are related to lifestyle. Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, immoderate alcohol or caffeine consumption, high-stress lifestyles and the use of certain medications all contribute to poor heart health.
Because so many risk factors for cardiovascular disease are preventable, there is an opinion within the health community that prevention is key to reducing the number of Australians impacted by heart disease. Lifestyle coaching, individualised care and better relationships with physicians may all play a key role in combating the prevalence of this disease.
Private health insurance may be a good option for those who are interested in more individualised care. With private health care, you'll enjoy access to doctors and treatment options you may not be able to find in public health facilities.
If you're interested in a more personalised approach to health, talk to an expert about choosing the best public health insurance plan for you.