♥ Welcome to Heart Support-Australia’s resource library! Here you will find a range of information to help you live a healthier life and better manage your heart condition. We have information and resources for people living with a heart condition as well as information and resources to help their families and carers better understand how to help them.
Being diagnosed with a heart condition, or having a family member diagnosed, can be an isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. How do we know? Because we’ve been there! Heart Support-Australia members have all experienced the trauma associated with having a heart condition. Our motto “Support-Information-Encouragement” is exemplified in the free of charge support services offered to heart patients and their families (not conditional upon membership).
There is often a real lack of support and information for carers of persons with a heart condition. This booklet is a guide for carers to cope with common issues from initial diagnosis to long term maintenance while recognising the uniqueness of each caring experience.
‘Reach Up’ is a beginner’s checklist covering the basic requirements for successful cardiac rehabilitation. If you (or your family and friends) are just starting your journey to recovery, make sure you download this handy resource.
One Life, A Second Chance
‘One Life, A Second Chance’, narrated by the late Mr. Peter Harvey, is a healthy lifestyle program created by heart patients for heart patients. This program promotes patients taking greater responsibility for managing their heart condition by offering actionable lifestyle recommendations for reducing the risk factors for future heart events.
‘Two Hearts, One Future’ is an executive report of Australian patients’ and carers’ experiences in surviving and coping with their first heart attack. This report, produced by the Preventative Health Department of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, covers:
– The underlying cause of heart attacks: Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
– Recognising a heart attack
– Patients’ perceived triggers for a heart attack
– Post-heart event management and perception of illness
– Post-heart event health and quality of life
– Post-heart event knowledge and ability to recognise a repeat heart event
You are not alone. There are people out there who have been in your shoes – people who overcame their heart conditions and accomplished inspiring personal goals! Hearing about how your peers are coping and what they are able to achieve can help you gain the confidence to overcome your own challenges!
Heart Support-Australia Ltd operates under a Constitution. Our Constitution is a statement outlining the agreed basic principles of formal Organisations ranging from National Governments to private clubs. It establishes the structure and purposes of the Organisation and the rights of its Citizens or Members. It also defines the powers of Officers, how they are selected, and how long they can stay in office. Our Constitution is updated and voted on by our Members.