Port Lincoln Library to host Heart Foundation session

HEALTH: Louise Mrdjen and Peter Williams are encouraging people to attend the free Heart Foundation session at the Port Lincoln Library. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
HEALTH: Louise Mrdjen and Peter Williams are encouraging people to attend the free Heart Foundation session at the Port Lincoln Library. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

People are being encouraged to attend a free Heart Foundation education session at the Port Lincoln Library at 2pm on Tuesday to hear how they can improve their heart health.

The session is part of the foundation's Cardiovascular Risk Community Awareness Program, which aims to raise awareness in regional South Australia about ways to reduce their risk of heart disease.

Library manager Louise Mrdjen said the session would help people reduce the risk of heart disease and hearing the many signs of heart attack.

"Charlie Sheridan from the Heart Foundation will talk about protecting our hearts and living healthy lives to give ourselves the best opportunity to protect our hearts," she said.

Also attending will be local man Peter Williams who had recently survived a heart attack himself.

Mr Williams said he worked hard to stay fit but had overlooked the warning signs for five years.

"A lot of people like myself were ignorant of the signs," he said.

"The biggest part is the family you leave behind, they suffer the most."

On average, 20 Australians die of a heart attack each day, but can be prevented through management of risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol, not smoking, increasing physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.

To RSVP ring the library on 8621 2345.