Figures were released revealing that 114 Australians aged over 50yrs drowned between July 2012 and June 2013, an increase of 30% with 80% being male. Several reasons were given for the increasing numbers of deaths.

Many men had returned to water activities to improve fitness after a long break from exercise and underestimated their current abilities, many had underlying medical conditions such as coronary artery disease ( not always identified and treated) and some were taking medication that affected performance or interacted with alcohol. A large proportion of those drowning had combined alcohol with the activities ( most with levels well above the 0.05 limit for driving vehicles)

The Royal Life SavingSociety ( RLSS) reminds men to consider their use of alcohol and water-based activities, know their limits especially physically regarding fitness, have check-ups regarding their heart disease risk and update their first aid skills.

Drowning deaths in the 25-35 years age group was also significant and dominated by men. Strategies for prevention again  advised highlighting the risk of combining water-craft and alcohol and the importance of wearing life-jackets when on the water, particularly when in inland waterways and were identified as the main contributing factors in the deaths.

A Heart Attack Risk Check is possible to arrange through your GP and includes:


  • age
  • smoking
  • blood-pressure level
  • alcohol intake
  • family history of early cardiovascular event
  • social history ( ethnicity ,socioeconomic status , mental health)
  • waist circumference and body mass index
  • physical activity level
  • blood lipids
  • blood sugar level and presence of diabetes
  • familial hypercholesterolaemia
  • evidence of atrial fibrillation
  • if required there are further tests that help if there remains some uncertainty, with various investigations including stress tests and coronary risk scores using imaging technologies













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