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National Heart Week 30 April - 6 May 2017

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The 2017 focus for National Heart Week is the importance of diagnosing and treating high blood pressure.

Quick Facts: Hypertension in Australia

  • Hypertension is when blood pressure is persistently higher than normal
  • 6 million adult Australians have hypertension
  • High blood pressure can be a silent killer because there are no obvious signs or symptoms
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease
  • More than two in five adult Australians or 2.65 million have hypertension that in unmanaged
  • Adults in regional/rural areas have a 26% higher rate of hypertension compare to city dwellers
  • Residents living in metro areas are more likely to have hypertension that is unmanaged
  • The rate of hypertension in Indigenous Australians is 16% higher than non-Indigenous Australians

The Heart Foundation has free resource packs available with further information about hypertension.

For further information, please visit https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/campaigns/heartweek

Heart Foundation Helpline 1300 36 27 87

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