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Are you at risk of heart disease?
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Are you at risk of heart disease?

There is no single cause for any one heart condition, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing one. 

Key takeaways

  • It’s never too early or late to manage your risk of heart disease and improve your heart health 
  • You can help reduce your risk of heart disease by making positive changes to your lifestyle 
  • Some risk factors for heart disease are beyond your control, such as: age, gender, ethnicity, and family history  
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can increase your chance of developing heart disease 
  • Understand your risk by seeing your GP for a Heart Health Check.  
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There’s no one cause for heart disease. However, there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing it. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop heart disease. More than two-thirds of Australian adults have three or more risk factors for heart disease. Yet many people don’t know they’re at risk.

Preventing heart disease starts with knowing your risk factors and making positive lifestyle changes to lower your risk. Most heart attacks and strokes can be prevented with healthy choices. This can include eating a heart-healthy diet, being active and smoke-free.  

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