News Archive: Apr 2017

Your health and World Health

Posted on 13th April 2017


Last month, World Health Day specifically set out to seek community awareness of the impacts of depression as a significant independent risk factor for heart disease.

Research points to links between anxiety, depression and heart disease as some 3 million Australians wage an often lonely battle with depression or anxiety.

A review of evidence by the Heart Foundation shows that:
– depression is a significant independent risk factor for heart disease
– depression is also linked with conventional risk factors for heart disease – for example, people with depression are more likely to smoke and develop diabetes and obesity
– depression is common among people with heart disease
– depression affects recovery and increases the risk of further heart-related incidents, such as another heart attack and slower recovery from heart surgery
– depression is associated with an unhealthy lifestyle
– people with depression are generally poorer at taking their prescribed medication.

The Heart of Australia message is that if you have any concerns, a good first step is to discuss these with your GP, a family member or trusted friend.

It’s important to make sure that the doctor managing your heart condition knows if you have anxiety or depression.

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Travelling right along with us

Posted on 12th April 2017

With great appreciation, all of us at Heart of Australia want to recognise again the great support of the Queensland Trucking Association.

Our founder, Dr Rolf Gomes, reports that he was “blown away” by the welcome and friendship he received when he accepted the role as guest speaker last month at the Association’s Annual General Meeting.

“We are grateful for the support from our transport industry partners who help our team travel at least 8,000km every month to home-deliver specialist medical help to Queenslanders in basically all off-the-beaten- track communities in the State,” says Dr Rolf.

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