Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Heart Week

I'm a little slow off the starting blocks here (I blame screen-free week for messing with my blogging routine), but this week is Heart Week, a campaign run run by the Heart Foundation aimed at improving the heart health of Australians.

You might remember that a few weeks back, I attended a wonderful evening featuring healthy food, great company and very useful information, courtesy of the Heart Foundation. Let me remind you....

Photos courtesy of Brand Meets Blog

Probably the only time you'll ever see me in an apron.
One of the key messages the Heart Foundation want to get across is that many people don't recognise the symptoms of a heart attack. Here's something you might not know: Not everyone experiences chest pain. Something really simple that we all can do is to learn the warning signs of a heart attack.  That way we can act immediately and call 000 if we experience them - and greatly increase our chances of survival.

You're probably thinking: But what if it's not a heart attack? I don't want to call an ambulance if it's a waste of time. Well, you know what? Wasting the ambos' time is the best possible outcome. If it's not a heart attack? Awesome; you'll be fine. But if it is...you've probably just saved your own life - or the life of someone close to you.

I take this stuff seriously. Although my risk of heart disease is relatively low, it increases with age and for women, with menopause too. And there's some family history too; a trifecta, yay! I can't change any of those risks, but as I've said before, I'm doing what I can to reduce all of the risks that I can control through lifestyle choices.

So to mark Heart Week, tonight I'm going to test out another of the tasty recipes on the Heart Foundation's website and will share it with you a bit later in the week. Meanwhile, click on the link, go have a look yourself and see if something takes your fancy.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. No payment was received and opinions expressed here are my own. Good health through nutrition and lifestyle is something I feel strongly about. If this post provides the impetus for just one person to educate themselves about heart attack symptoms, or to add some new healthy recipes to their repertoire, then I'll be content.

This post is not intended as medical advice or to treat any existing illness. If you have any heart or other health concerns, please consult a qualified medical practitioner.


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