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Heart Week: Tamworth residents get free Heart Health Check after reveal the region's highest rate of death



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The Country Music Capital is also, unfortunately, the heart attack capital according to the new statistics of the New England's highest rate of death from heart disease, including stroke, in the state. This Week is Heart Week, and the Heart Foundation is putting on focus on the New England after the results from the Australian Heart Maps study showed the local heart disease death rate is 92 out of every 100,000 people – 25 above the 67 average. While this was the local residents, it comes as no surprise to health experts after it was revealed that West Tamworth was named Australia's fattest suburb in 2017, after it was revealed that eight out of every West Tamworth residents were overweight or obese . Early this year's Australian Health Policy Collaboration also included West Tamworth, claiming the suburb had the second highest smoking rate in the state behind Mt Druitt, while also finding three quarters of all people in Tamworth are getting insufficient exercise. The Australian Heart Maps results also found that 21 per cent in the New England North West continue to smoke, while 19 per cent have high blood pressure, and 3 per cent high cholesterol. With 39 per cents of residents, the Heart Foundation NSW CEo Kerry Doyle is the best choice for people who benefit from the Medicare funded Heart Health Check program. "Australians aged 45 and over, and Indigenous Australians from 30 years, can now see their GP for a fully-funded Heart Health Check to understand their risk of heart attack and stroke in the next five years," she said. "Heart disease is the single biggest killer in NSW, yet we know that many heart attacks and strokes can be prevented by managing key risk factors like high blood pressure, cholesterol and other lifestyle choices." The Heart Health Check will see doctors look at heart attack and stroke risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, diet and lifestyle, and family history. "Heart disease is not always obvious – having a heart attack could be your first sign. Don't wait for chest pain, it could be too late. Get vital tests you need to visit your doctor for a Heart Health Check," Ms Doyle said.

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