I’ve recently been involved in a media campaign with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute who have been using the month of February to highlight congenital and chronic heart disease. I was born with heart disease and while the primary cause was treated 20 years ago I have side effects from the surgery to this day.
There’s a number of stories running over the month of men, women, parents, sons and daughters who have been directly affected by heart disease. A lot of the stories sadly don’t end well as there is many types of heart disease that are not curable, some aren’t even effectively treatable. The worrying trend with some of these stories are people who had no idea they were even ill.
The point of this post is to raise awareness of it. It’s not just an unhealthy persons disease, many young and healthy folks die from undiagnosed cardiomyopathy. There are warning signs, lightheadedness, high blood pressure, syncope, palpitations and chest pain to name a few.
Early detection is a key part of effective treatment or management. Largely being blokes here we like to probably ignore things that may signal health trouble, so if you are suffering symptoms and you’re worried, see your GP and get a referral to a cardiologist. The potential treatment plan is far better than an early visit to the grave.
The VCCRI website has plenty of useful info and links if you’re curious.
If for whatever reason you need to talk I’m happy to chat.