One Australian dies every 12 minutes from it.
It’s the most costly disease for our healthcare system costing $1.8 Billion for medications alone in 2012. It’s the leading cause of death . . . and yet it’s largely preventable!
It’s Cardiovascular Disease!
Recently I was invited to speak to a group about the topic of ‘Heart Health’ and Cardiovascular Disease. It’s certainly a topic that I’ve had a keen interest in understanding since I’ve had family members succumb to the effects of poor cardiovascular health.
Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, (plus most developed countries) and in addition, it is a major cause of disability. According to the National Heart Foundation, CVD is responsible for 11% of direct healthcare expenditure with the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme paying out $1.8 Billion in medications for CVD in 2012 (21% of total benefits that year).
So it’s a very costly disease for the healthcare system and a deadly one at that.
So what can you actively do to stack the odds in your favour?
Well, here are 7 Steps to get you started . . .