Did you know that heart attacks cause almost one in 20 deaths in Australia, and men are twice as likely to die from the disease than women?

A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery (which supplies blood to the heart muscle) suddenly becomes blocked. It’s caused by the build-up of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries. During a heart attack, the plaque lining breaks down resulting in a clot that suddenly and completely blocks the artery.

However, heart disease is preventable if detected early and there are many things you can do to lower your risk. Read our blog to learn what increases your risk and what to do about it.