Atrial fibrillation (when part of the heart ‘quivers’ rather than beating normally) could lead to a stroke. Know the symptoms and decrease your risk.
A defibrillator (sometimes called an AED or ‘defib’) can save someone's life if they have a cardiac arrest. Learn more about defibs, and how to increase a person's chances of survival.
An external cardioversion is a procedure to treat an abnormal heart rhythm. It involves connecting you to a defibrillator machine that gives a controlled electric shock to make your heart beat normally again.
If you become suddenly aware of your heartbeat, especially if it’s faster or harder, you could be having palpitations. Learn how to spot the signs.
Heart arrhythmias are irregular heartbeats. The heart can beat too fast, too slow or irregularly — learn how to recognise the symptoms here.
Tachycardia is a condition where the heart beats at a faster rate than normal (usually more than 100 beats per minute).
International normalised ratio (INR) test
An international normalised ratio (INR) test measures the time taken for your blood to clot.
Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) has similar symptoms to a stroke but only lasts a few minutes. If you think you are having a TIA, call 000 for an ambulance.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. Learning the 'F.A.S.T.' test for stroke symptoms can save a person's life.
Manage your health in your 40s
Once you’re in your 40s, you need to be aware of the health conditions that increasingly affect people at this age. Learn how to reduce your risks and to manage your health at this stage of life.