Valentine’s Day tribute for heart disease victims

Instead of trying to wins someone’s heart this Valentine’s Day, South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Director of Cardiology Professor Rohan Rajaratnam, said February 14 is a good day to focus on the health of your own heart.

It’s also a day for reflection with Wear Red Day calling on people to wear red as a special tribute to family members and friends who have lost the battle with heart disease.

Professor Rajaratnam said a day like Wear Red Day was the perfect time to encourage family, friends and colleagues to start a conversation about how to reduce heart disease deaths.

“The risk factors for heart disease are very well known and as a result we have a good understanding of how to prevent people developing the disease,” he said.

“Many of the risk factors are related to lifestyle such as smoking, high cholesterol and blood pressure, lack of physical activity, diabetes, being overweight and eating an unhealthy diet.

“We encourage our patients to make changes to their lifestyle to control as many risk factors as possible.

“This includes giving up smoking, getting more exercise, eating a healthy diet, reducing weight and treating high blood pressure and cholesterol.”