The Health News Australia August 31 2017

Overview

  • Australian experts have found a big increase in patients having heart attacks but who have no obvious risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, being obese or smoking. Heart Research Australia’s Professor Gemma Figtree and her team found the rate of otherwise healthy patients having heart attacks went up from 11% to a surprising 27% of patients over 8 years.
  • The annual cost of diagnosing and treating melanoma in Australia has ballooned by nearly seven times to $200 million in the past 16 years. QIMR Berghofer health economist Associate Professor Louisa Gordon says the findings show the need for new messages encouraging Australians to be sun safe, much like the successful Slip, Slop, Slap campaign that began in the early 1990s.
  • New research has revealed almost half of elderly Australians are not taking their health as seriously as they should be, putting them at risk of serious diseases such as shingles.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 31st of August 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health New

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-29/heart-attack-study-more-than-quarter-of-patients-no-risk-factors/8849008

Australian experts have found a big increase in patients having heart attacks but who have no obvious risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, being obese or smoking. Doctors say it’s a misperception that coronary disease only happens in older men who’ve smoked or lived an unhealthy lifestyle. Heart Research Australia’s Professor Gemma Figtree and her team reviewed almost seven hundred heart attack patients at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital from two thousand six to two thousand fourteen. They found the rate of otherwise healthy patients having heart attacks went up from eleven percent to a surprising twenty seven percent of patients over eight years.
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Doctors found the surprise heart attacks occurred across all age groups, and were just as dangerous and deadly as those in people with risk factors. The following are the symptoms of a heart attack: Tightness or heaviness in your chest that becomes severe; Pain in the shoulders and/or arms; Jaw and neck pain; Sudden difficulty breathing; Nausea. If you or someone you know is experiencing heart attack symptoms, call triple-0 immediately.  Professor Figtree said “We know that this is not true. These findings highlight that we still don’t know everything about coronary disease. Young, fit, women and men develop life-threatening plaque in their heart arteries.’’

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/skin-cancer-treatment-costs-soar-to-200m/news-story/06d27d05f99e85aec09d41c61866e3f7

The annual cost of diagnosing and treating melanoma in Australia has ballooned by nearly seven times to two hundred million dollars in the past sixteen years. The QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute says costs have risen from thirty million dollars in two thousand one while the number of people with the disease has soared from eight thousand eight hundred eighty five to thirteen thousand despite the potentially deadly skin cancer being largely preventable by avoiding the sun and wearing protective clothing. QIMR Berghofer health economist Associate Professor Louisa Gordon says the findings show the need for new messages encouraging Australians to be sun safe, much like the successful Slip, Slop, Slap campaign that began in the early nineteen eighties. Melanoma claims the lives of about one thousand eight hundred Australians a year.

Queensland has the highest rate of melanoma in the country, with the annual cost of treating patients in the state about fifty four point three million dollars. The study found some cost savings could be made by improving how skin cancers are diagnosed.

Professor Gordon said the costs of treating melanoma were likely to continue to rise as a result of expensive new medicines, health price inflation and the ageing population. However, she said there were areas where savings could be made, including how skin cancers were diagnosed. At present, doctors treat or cut out any skin lesions that look suspicious.

https://tenplay.com.au/news/national/august-2017/australias-elderly-unaware-they-are-endangering-their-health

New research has revealed almost half of elderly Australians are not taking their health as seriously as they should be, putting them at risk of serious diseases like shingles. Almost seventy percent of Australians in their seventies are unaware they are at risk of serious conditions such as shingles while sixty percent have confessed to not eating a healthy balanced diet. Medical experts are concerned that alcohol consumption has also been found to be higher than recommended with fifty two percent drinking in higher portions suggested for good health. Despite this, eighty seven percent believe they are doing the best they can when it comes to their well-being and forty six percent say they prioritise the importance of their health to help loved ones.  Geriatrician Associate Professor Michael Woodward AM says the research is concerning as not only does it show they are putting themselves at great risk, but it shows they are also getting some of the basics wrong.
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Shingles is caused by the same virus that triggers chickenpox. The virus is better known as the varicella zoster virus, which lays dormant in the nerves and can reactivate at any time in the form of a blistering rash which appears as a band or belt on one side of the body. The research has also revealed seventy percent of Australians aged between seventy to seventy nine have had shingles, due to the condition more common in those aged over seventy.
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Government funded shingles prevention and treatment options are available for Australians aged in the high risk age demographic such as the zoster vaccine which is free for seventy to seventy nine year-olds.

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