How do I avoid a heart attack?

An estimated 110 Australians have a heart attack daily.

A new Australian online hub Know Your Numbers, Treat Your Risk has been launched. It provides tools, resources, information, support and stories of survivors for people to be proactive with their cardiovascular health.

Global Alliance for Patient Access, a Not For Profit international platform for health care providers and patient advocates to inform policy dialogue about patient-centered care, is behind the initiative.

Experiencing a heart attack or stroke leaves people with a range of emotions and the fear of having another cardiovascular event. 

The online hub claims it offers a lot to help reduce the chances of a subsequent heart attack or stroke.

Understanding cholesterol is most important

Cholesterol is essential for your body to work, but too much lipoprotein can lead to a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke.

High low-density LDL (often referred to as bad cholesterol) levels are a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease and contribute to the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke.

Know Your Numbers, Treat Your Risk says it is more than just an information guide to heart attacks. It aims to help others identify and relate with the emotional toll that a cardiovascular event can take, as three-quarters of heart attack survivors say they have been through “cardiac blues.”

Signs of the cardiac blues after a heart attack:

  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Feeling tearful and crying easily
  • Thoughts about death
  • Decreased appetite
  • Reduced sex drive

Left untreated, the emotional consequences can lead to changes in behaviour that may continue to negatively impact someone’s heart health.

We advise people who have suffered a heart attack to listen to the advice of their general practitioner.


Know Your Numbers, Treat Your Risk is about empowering heart attack victims to take an active role in managing their cardiovascular health by “knowing their numbers and treating their risk.

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Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

Ian Horswill


Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.