Stories from the heart
‘I always thought that the typical candidate was someone who smoked, sported a beer belly, and had high blood pressure. I was a fit, young, non-smoking woman in my forties. A heart attack couldn’t happen to me – right?'
Kylie survived a heart attack and said cardiac rehab was a turning point in her recovery.
Kylie’s one piece of advice: 'See your doctor and find out about your heart disease risk factors. Do it for the ones you love.'
Cyril’s one piece of advice: 'I feel cardiac rehab changed my life. It’s the best investment you could make – for yourself and your family.'
'My attitude at that time was that while I was training, I could eat whatever I wanted. Ice cream. Junk food. I was burning it all up, so what did it matter? I knew for some time that I had high cholesterol, but I didn’t really heed the warnings I was given and thought because I was fit, I’d be fine'
Warrawatja is a proud Wiradjuri/Wonnarua man who at age 48, had a heart attack while training for a boxing match.
Warrawatja's one piece of advice: 'Take cholesterol tests seriously. I probably had high cholesterol for some time but thought because I was fit that they didn’t really matter. But they’re a matter of life and death.'