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Look after your heart this Valentine’s Day

MidCentral Health’s cardiology team is urging staff and visitors to look after their heart this Valentine’s Day.

This week, people will be celebrating Valentine’s Day, which also coincides with the Heart Foundation’s Heart Week. The Cardiology Team at Palmerston North Hospital is using this time to encourage the public to get a heart health check.

MidCentral Health Medical Head of Cardiology Laura Davidson said that an effective way for people to take control of their health is to get regular heart health checks (also known as a cardiovascular risk assessment).

“New Zealand has made great progress when it comes to heart health, but we could all do a lot more. Regular heart health check-ups will identify any issues and help to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

“Cardiovascular disease is still the country’s leading cause of death with many being premature and preventable.

“General Practice is at the forefront of undertaking these checks and we encourage kiwis to visit their GP or practice nurse for a heart health check.”

The Heart Foundation encourages all people over 45 years (or 35 and over if you are of Maori, Asian or Pacific Island decent) to have this check, which includes cholesterol levels and blood pressure monitoring with their doctor, nurse or health professional.

The cardiology team will be available to speak with visitors on Friday 14 February in the front entrance foyer of Palmerston North Hospital to promote this important heart health message.

Heart Facts

• Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is New Zealand's biggest killer

• Heart disease claims one New Zealand life every 90 minutes

• Women who smoke risk having a heart attack 19 years earlier than non-smoking women

• Arrange with your GP or Practice Nurse to have a cholesterol test

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