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Cardiology team puts ‘heart’ into National Heart Week

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MidCentral District Health Board’s cardiology team is putting its heart into National Heart Week this week, by having a display in Palmerston North Hospital’s foyer on Thursday 12 February.

​The display’s focus, between 9am to 2pm, is to promote Heart Health, with a focus on risk reduction.

Staff will be selling heart brooches and heart-shaped balloons for a gold coin donation.

The Cardiology Team said money raised will enable the New Zealand Heart Foundation to continue funding research, helping people make healthy living choices and running a wide range of programmes throughout the country.

Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for more than 30 percent of lives lost annually.
More than one Kiwi dies from heart disease every 90 minutes and many of these deaths are premature and preventable. About 6500 New Zealanders die from heart attacks each year.

Cardiology staff are encouraging people to look after their heart. An effective way for people to take control of their health is to get regular heart health checks (also known as cardiovascular risk assessments). The Heart Foundation encourages all people over 45 years (or 35 and over if your of Maori, Asian or Pacific Island descent) to have this check which includes cholesterol levels and blood pressure monitoring with their doctor, nurse or health professional.

Regular heart health check-ups will identify any issues and help to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. General Practice Teams are at the forefront of undertaking these checks and you are encouraged to visit your GP or practice nurse.

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