Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has used his own experience to speak out in support of the Heart Foundation during national Heart Week (1-7May).
Senator Macdonald said he is one who intimately understands the benefits of the valuable research undertaken by the Australian Heart Foundation.
"Twenty years ago I had an artificial aortic value implanted in my heart at the Mater Hospital in Townsville," Senator Macdonald said.
"In the years that have followed, there’s been incredible advances in research and technology, but at the time, it was due to the Heart Foundation’s commitment to ongoing and research that I have been able to lead a full and active life."
Coronary heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians, claiming 20,173 lives, or 13.1% of all deaths registered in 2014. It is also a major cause of premature death, with around 55,000 Australians suffering a heart attack every year – one every 10 minutes.
"I encourage all Australians to support this worthy cause, and the life-saving work they are doing every day in helping Australians with heart disease to lead healthy lives."
For more information about Heart Week, visit www.heartfoundation.org.au/heartweek or call the Heart Foundation Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87.