Melbourne has won the right to hold the World Congress of Cardiology (WCC) in 2014.
The conference is one of the most prestigious of its kind.
Held over four days, the congress will feature experts from all over the world, with over 9,000 cardiologists, health professionals, researchers, nurses and pharmaceutical companies expected to attend.
Minister for tourism and major events Louise Asher believes it will make a valuable contribution to Victoria’s research and health institutions.
Ms Asher says: “Given that a high number of Australians are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, its detection, prevention and management is essential for the future of our country.”
The congress is expected to give a $36 million boost to the local economy.
Melbourne is fast becoming a hub for health research and development in Australia, with the Congress of Immunology scheduled for later in 2011 and the Western Pacific Congress on Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases in 2016.
Cardiovascular illness remains the leading cause of death in Australia, despite being a preventative condition.
A number of sensible measures are recommended for preventing cardiac-related conditions, including avoiding cigarettes, keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum, daily exercise and healthy eating.
If you are concerned about cardiac health, you may wish to discuss your options with a private health cover broker so you can make an informed decision about the cover that is best for you.
Many private health insurance providers offer broader health cover programs – which can include assistance with quitting smoking or weight loss – to help you address other chronic conditions that could lead to heart disease.