By Dr. Deborah Field

Heart attacks, strokes and blood vessel diseases (cardiovascular disease) caused 32% of all Australian deaths in 2010 and significant disability to a further 1.4 million people.

Yet cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains one of the most preventable diseases known and is the number one killer and the most debilitating illness of our time. So, if you want your body to work and keep working well, you need to take care of your heart and you need to start now!

Here's how to do it in 3 simple steps and it's not all grim news. With good information, some monitoring and a few supplements you can understand and participate in your own cardiovascular health.

Step 1 - Understand your status. Start by checking your blood pressure, and having your blood tested for cholesterol and sugar levels. It's not as hard as you think.

  • Order a blood pathology request through Your results will be sent directly to you. You can have a copy sent to your own doctor if you wish.

  • Check your blood pressure weekly  in the morning as soon as you wake up.  You can purchase a blood pressure monitor online through

Step 2 - Modify your lifestyle for better heart health. Prevention is the key

  • Be more active for 30 minutes a day to get your heart pumping. 

  • No more than 2 glasses of alcohol daily. 

  • Check your waist measurement. Men - < 95cm. Women - < 80cm. 

  • If you smoke, it's time to quit. 

  • Eat less oil and bad fats, and eat more veggies and foods rich in fibre. 

Step 3 - Take proven supplements for better heart health if your diet is unbalanced.  Check with your doctor first. Fish Oil 2000 - 4000 mg daily.

  • Co enzyme Q10 100 mg daily.

  • Vitamin E 500 iu daily.

  • Vitamin C 500 mg daily.

  • Low dose aspirin 100 mg daily if you're over 50.  Always consult your doctor first. 

It's really that simple! And remember, your regular doctor is an important part of your overall healthcare and provides continuity of care while monitoring your cardiovascular health in relation to your other health factors and risks. Consider consulting with your own doctor to develop a preventative strategy that's right for you!

Have a Pharmacist send your prescription to you.