Heart Research Month
February is Heart Research Month in Australia, and at Mayo and Forster Private hospital, we are dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of heart health. One of the most effective ways to maintain a healthy heart is through regular physical activity. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, with an estimated 4.2 million Australians living with the condition. It is the leading cause of death in Australia and accounts for 26% of all deaths.
Physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy heart because it helps to improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and decrease the risk of heart disease. Regular exercise can also help to reduce stress, improve sleep, and boost overall mental health.
However, many Australians are not meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity. The Australian government recommends that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity each week. Additionally, adults should also aim to do muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.
At Forster and Mayo Private Hospital, we offer a range of programs and services to help people stay active and improve their heart health. These include the Keep Yourself Active (KYA) program - a program offered at Forster Private Hospital that utilises our state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool and highly qualified, experienced staff to run you through a pre-designed exercise program, which can be completed individually or within a group.
We want to remind everyone that keeping active is one of the most important things you can do for your heart health. Whether you're recovering from a heart event or just looking to improve your overall health, our hospital is here to help. We encourage everyone to get out there and get moving, whether that's through a structured exercise program or just a daily walk around the neighbourhood.
At Mayo and Forster Private Hospital we also offer a range of range of diagnostic services, to help our patients manage their risk of heart disease. These include:
Transthoracic and stress echocardiograms
Trans Oesophageal Echos
In conclusion, Heart Research Month is an important time to raise awareness about the importance of heart health, and physical activity is a key factor in maintaining a healthy heart. Regular physical activity can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve circulation, and lower blood pressure. We encourage everyone to get moving and take advantage of the programs and services we offer at our hospital to help you stay active and improve your heart health.