Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the world’s largest killers, claiming approximately 17.1 million lives a year. In Australia, CVD is considered our most costly disease. It costs more lives than any other disease and has the greatest level of health expenditure. Furthermore it imposes aburden of disease, measured in terms of disability and premature death, second only to cancer.
Yesterday I visited the Monash Medical Centre to support the official launch of Love Your Heart Day, raising awareness of heart disease and urging Victorians to act quickly when dealing with chestpain. I was joined by State Member for Bentleigh, Ms Elizabeth Miller MLA and the Melbourne Heart Football Club (MHFC) in recognising the importance of prevention and treatment of CVD.
Professor Ian Meredith, Director of Monash Heart also led a tour of the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) where Ms Miller and I met inpatients and delivered Valentine’s Day gifts with members of the MHFC. Professor Meredith spoke about the importance of good heart health given that CVD’s are the world’s largest killers, claiming approximately 17.1 million lives a year.
Over the last twelve months, I have been working hard to gain improved access to better heart health services for Monash residents.However given the importance of preventing and reducing CVD, I want to see additional improvements in these services for Monash residents. Consequently I have called on the Minister for Health, The Hon David Davis MLC to deliver further improvements to heart treatment health services for residents.
Sue Cummings personal story
For Sue Cummings, February 14th will never be the same again, as this year will be her first Valentines Day without her precious soul mate Karl Giersch.
Karl passed away suddenly from a heart attack, in March 2011. He was just 43 years old.
“On the morning of Karl’s fatal heart attack, I felt that something was terribly wrong. Unable to reach him via the phone, I tried frantically to contact his work. A colleague finally located him collapsed in the bathroom. Ambulance officers were unable to revive Karl after a massive coronary event. My beautiful man, soul mate and Valentine was gone.” Sue recalls.
Sue Cummings was at the Monash Medical Centre yesterday to officially launch Love Your Heart Day, raising awareness of heart disease and urging Victorians to act quickly when dealing with chest pain.