Heart Attacks: 2nd Top Cause of Trauma Insurance Claims

It’s unsurprising that heart attacks are the second leading cause of trauma insurance claims in Australia when you look at the statistics at hand.

  • Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) claims a life in Australia every 10 minutes.
    (Source: "Supplement Plus Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia", Vol. 1, No. 3; Spring 99)
  • 1 in 10 Australian adults has 3 or more of these major risk factors.
    (Source: "Heart, Stroke and Vascular Diseases: Australian Facts 1999", the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australia Heart Foundation)
  • 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop coronary heart disease in their life.
    (Source: "Heart, Stroke and Vascular Diseases: Australian Facts 1999", the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australia Heart Foundation)

Obesity

An estimated 1.5 million people under the age 18 are considered overweight or obese. This means about 20-25% of Australian children are overweight or obese. This is causing a greater increase in the amount of adults who are overweight or obese.

The habits we learn as children progress into adulthood. As children if we learn that it’s acceptable to eat fatty foods and sit in front of a computer screen or television all day, then this leads to adults who have have same concepts, and in turn become overweight and obese.

There are countless studies to prove the theory that excess weight is a contributing factor to heart disease.

There is something about carrying around excess weight that contributes to heart disease independent of risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and arterial disease.

It’s not only excess weight that leads heart attacks, which are the second leading cause of trauma insurance claims, there are other causes too.

Smoking

Tobacco use is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Physical activity helps you control your weight and can reduce your chances of developing other conditions that may put a strain on your heart, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. It also reduces stress, which may be a factor in heart disease according to Mayo Clinic.

Whether you think you’re at risk of a heart attack or not, trauma insurance is a good idea. It provides peace of mind in case you do suffer a heart attack or contract a critical illness. Talk to an insurance adviser today about trauma insurance.

As heart attack is the second leading cause of trauma insurance claims it is worth taking a look at the lifestyles we lead and the contributing factors of heart disease.

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