The inaugural Heart Health Round will be held from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April and Manly Warringah Football Association is encouraging all clubs to get involved.
Heart Health Round is a national campaign held to raise awareness of heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest. In Australia, cardiovascular heart disease is the leading single cause of disease burden and death for both women and men, while more than 25,000 Australians suffer an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest every year. Thankfully, cardiovascular heart disease can be prevented as a lot of the risk factors are modifiable.
All funds raised will go towards the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, EndUCD and Heartbeat of Football. Donations can be made by clicking here.Heartbeat of Football’s mission is to have zero heart-related deaths at sporting grounds, and unfortunately there have already been four heart-related incidents in 2023. As part of increasing awareness in the football community, 12 Heart Health Awareness & Testing days have been held across NSW this year.
- For the first time in seven years, blood pressure is the leading risk factor, ahead of cholesterol
- 574 people were tested
- 57% were men, 43% were women
- 68% were over 40, 32% were 40 or under
- 223 people received recommendations to see their GP (39%)
- 79 people have had a previous heart health check (14%)
- 88% of those tested did not know their numbers (blood pressure, total cholesterol, blood sugar)
For more information about Heart Health Round and Heartbeat of Football, please visit their website by clicking here.
There is still time to register your club for Heart Health Round – you can do this by visiting the Heartbeat of Football website at this link.