Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men in Australia
On average, 20 Australians die from a heart attack every day.
Around 400,000 Australians have had a heart attack at some point in their lives
20% / 25%
20% of women and 25% of men have high blood pressure.
"I woke to get ready for a game of golf and everything around me was spinning as if I was in a washing machine. I could not stand up, focus or walk; I felt nauseous and was sweating profusely. Having no heart or chest pain, my wife drove me to the nearest emergency department in Adelaide (a private hospital) where I was assessed and connected to monitoring equipment. At that stage, hospital staff had several possible explanations for my condition and proceeded to test to find the cause, including a CT scan of my head . A neurologist and my cardiologist were called to emergency.
As I had a pre-existing mitral valve leak, I was transferred by ambulance to another private hospital closer to my cardiac surgeon's rooms. Despite no previous diagnosis, I was also suffering from atrial fibrillation, which is commonly associated with a stroke. I spent five days in hospital, where an MRI thankfully confirmed I had no brain damage.
The cause of the problem is thought to have been sudden onset of vestibular neuritis, which is when the nerves in the inner ear send confusing messages to the brain. Afterwards, I suffered from dizziness and required a walker until my balance restored. How was CBHS beneficial? It gave me peace of mind that no matter what the concerns were as to the cause of my distress, that my health cover would meet the costs of hospital accommodation of over $1,000 a day, as well as other ancillary costs. It reminded me that we never know how far we are from totally random events with large expenses, and that health cover is an essential part of our daily lives."
- Andrew B
Heart health programs and support
Healthy living for your heart
CBHS Better Living has a range of programs that cover a wide variety of health concerns and challenges, including cardiovascular disease. The program can provide you with expert guidance and support from qualified professionals to self-manage your health challenges, with no out-of-pockets for members on Hospital or packaged covers. You’ll need to hold an appropriate level of CBHS Hospital or packaged cover to participate.
Read more about Better Living.
Losing weight can help your heart
Excess fat can form plaque that clogs your coronary arteries and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Losing just 5% of your bodyweight can reduce the workload on your heart and cut your risk of stroke and heart attack. Your CBHS membership qualifies you for a 20% reduction in the cost of the scientifically proven CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. If you have a BMI of 25+ you may qualify for a fully funded program.
Why not get a second opinion?
If you have CBHS Prestige (Gold) cover, you can ask one of the world’s leading specialists to review your medical condition and give you a second opinion. This is true of heart disease and many other diseases. Even specialists can sometimes feel uncertain, and many of them actively encourage their patients to seek a second opinion. With CBHS Best Doctors you can get a second opinion as part of your Prestige (Gold) cover.
View Prestige (Gold) cover and get a quote.
All information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The information provided should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified health care professional.