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Look Closer Improving understanding of the leading cause of heart attack and stroke. This initiative is supported by sanofi-aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Cardiovascular disease: what are we talking about?.
This initiative is supported by sanofi-aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb
Heart disease and stroke combined (cardiovascular disease) kill more people each year than cancer.
Percentage of Australian deaths in 2002 by disease type
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002
The shifting burden of cardiovascular disease in Australia, Access Economics and the National Heart Foundation, 2005
* The shifting burden of cardiovascular disease in Australia, Access Economics and the National Heart Foundation, 2005
+The Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke, World Health Organisation, 2004
Bhatt DL et al., on behalf of the REACH Registry Investigators. International prevalence, recognition and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors in outpatients with atherothrombosis. JAMA 2006; 295: 180-189
‘Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest healthcare issues we face today’
‘Improvements in the
management of heart
attacks and strokes are long overdue’
– Dr Erin Lalor, Chief Executive of the National Stroke Foundation, Australia.
“It never dawned on me that I was at high risk of having a heart attack. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, my doctor told me how to control my diabetes but he never explained what was happening inside my body. Had someone given me this kind of information at the start, I would have been more motivated to change my lifestyle, which could have prevented my heart attack.”
Ross Devlin, aged 60 from Toronto, Canada, suffered his first heart attack in 1991 and has had 2 further heart attacks since then.
“If I had known more about my condition I would have been more motivated to change my lifestyle. The doctor only told me about what I needed to do (lose weight) to manage my diabetes. The doctor never explained why I needed to lose weight and how it was affecting my body.”
Jackie Chaline, aged 60, from Paris, France, was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 50, and has high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
“Without the knowledge and understanding of the disease, it can be difficult for patients to recognise the urgency of taking preventative action. Without the correct information, patients are less likely to change their lifestyle or consider medication to reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.”Dr Erin Lalor, Chief Executive of the National Stroke Foundation, Australia.
Heart attack and stroke: the disease process explained
Mas JL, “Atherothrombosis: management of patients at risk”, International Journal of Clinical Practice, April 2005; 59: 407-414