Getting to the Heart of it

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Former Olympian Dr Ric Charlesworth hopes he’s dodged the bullet that claimed the lives of his father and one of his brothers and is seriously affecting his other brother, but he doesn’t take that for granted.

In a tell-all evening on heart disease and why it still kills more Australians than any other condition, Ric is joining two cardiologists, philanthropist Matt Kailis and EY business partner and heart research advocate Andrew Friars to get to the heart of the matter.

The Q & A style discussion, from 6-8pm on Tuesday 16 October, is the first in a series being offered to the general public by the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands.

“Just why so many people die of heart disease in this day and age is a mystery to me. We all like to think we know what to look out for and how to stay healthy but I don’t know how many people realise that more women die of heart disease than any other condition, even more than from breast cancer.

“I’ve coached so many elite athletes, women and men, and sadly, even very fit people suffer heart disease.

“I just want everyone to come along, hear some personal stories, listen to what the cardiologists are saying and find out what the latest research is discovering.

“Heart disease affects 2 out of every 3 families, none of us is immune” said the former Olympic hockey player, coach and medical doctor, Ric Charlesworth.

The panel includes Cardiologists Dr Michelle Ammerer and Professor Girish Dwivedi, former Olympian Dr Ric Charlesworth AO, philanthropist Matt Kailis, EY business partner Andrew Friars with facilitator former ABC TV journalist Miriam Borthwick.

The evening includes light refreshments. Tickets are $10 from https://www.perkins.org.au/events/community-forum 

Fast facts

  • Cardiovascular Disease (heart disease, stroke and blood vessel diseases) is the leading cause of death in both men and women in Australia
  • 1 Australian dies from heart disease every 12 minutes.
  • Australian women are almost three times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.
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