Over 700,000 Australians live with coronary heart disease. One Australian will suffer a heart attack every 10 minutes, it is the nation's biggest killer of men and women.

Heart disease kills women

In Australia, heart disease will kill three times as many women as breast cancer. Heart disease is often silent with no warning signs before a devastating heart attack. To protect yourself from heart disease find out about the signs and symptoms of a heart attacks.  It could save your life.

The National Heart Foundation of Australia has developed a range of videos and personal stories to raise awareness for women of the signs and symptoms of heart disease. For more personal stories visit www.invisiblevisible.org.au.


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Know your risks for heart disease

Heart attack warning signs and symptoms

Keep your heart healthy

Heart conditions

Heart attack learn the signs and symptoms

  1. Heart attack warning signs - Professor Ian Meredith (video)

    30th June 2017

    With a heart attack every minute counts. The warning signs of a heart attack can be varied and may not always be sudden or severe. Find out more from cardiologist Professor Ian Meredith...

  2. Heart attack warning signs - personal story - Danny (video)

    4th July 2017

    Heart attack warning signs aren't what you think. Symptoms vary and they may not always be severe. Hear Danny's story about his heart attack...

  3. Heart attack - it's Ok to Call Triple Zero (000) (video)

    30th June 2017

    Heart attack warning signs aren't what you think. Symptoms vary and they may not always be severe. Learn the warning signs because the sooner you recognise your heart attack and get treatment, the...

  4. Heart attack warning signs - personal story - Katie (video)

    19th May 2017

    Heart attack warning signs - personal story - Kate...

Healthy cooking

Healthy recipes

A healthy diet is key to lowering your risk of heart disease. A low salt, low-saturated fat, high-fibre diet can substantially reduce the risk of developing heart disease. But it doesn't have to be too hard to find a great recipe. Check out our recipes section for a range of healthy eating options. You can search for delicious recipes by meal, ingredient or your dietary requirements.

Women walking for fitness

Walking for your heart

Walking for 30 minutes a day or more on most days of the week is a great way to improve and maintain your overall health. Walking regularly can help reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.
Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. So why don't you give walking a try, your heart will love you for it.

Walking for good health
Illustration of a heart, lung and asthma puffer.

Impact of smoke exposure on heart and lung conditions

People with heart or lung conditions (such as asthma) are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke from fires. Their symptoms can be worse at lower smoke concentrations compared to other people.

Learn about the steps you can take to avoid smoke and protect your health.

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Thanks to the following organisation whose experts have helped create and review our heart health content. 

Heart Foundation

Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. Over 1.4 million Australians are living with heart disease, and each year more than 55,000 Australians will suffer a heart attack. The Heart Foundation funds life-saving heart research, and works to improve heart disease prevention and care for all Australians.

Heart Foundation