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Heart Foundation

Heart research saves lives
Level 2/ 850 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008
We fund lifesaving heart research, and work to improve heart disease prevention and care for all Australians

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Your Heart

Your heart is a muscle that pumps blood around your body. It can beat up to 100,000 times a day - that’s up to 3 billion heartbeats during an average lifetime.

Knowing your risks is the first step to avoiding a heart attack or stroke.

Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians, but it can mostly be prevented. There’s no one cause for heart disease, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing it. The more risk factors you have, the bigger your risk is of a heart attack/stroke.

You might not know you have some of these risk factors. The best way to find out your overall risk is to see your doctor or health practitioner for a heart health check. If you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, read more about looking after yourself to avoid another.