Heart Health Week: The conversation brokers need to have

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    Supporting the Heart Foundation’s Heart Health Week, a loan and mortgage protection provider is encouraging brokers to have conversations with their clients about their health – and also to live healthier lives themselves.

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia and ALI Group has paid out more than $9 million in claims for heart attacks and close to $1.3 million for coronary bypass related claims.

    ALI Group has always encouraged brokers to offer loan protection to their customers to prepare for unexpected life events – and these events often include heart attacks or heart surgery. To start the conversation around heart health, the group has shared some insights from claims it has paid out related to heart health.

    The figures show policy holders ranging from 35 years old up to 61, demonstrating that it really can happen to any age. The list also includes those who passed away from heart-related issues and many still living.

    The money paid out in these claims means either they or their family are not left with the added difficulty of paying the mortgage on top of everything else.

    In many cases, the mortgage broker is the only person borrowers speak to who can explain the benefits of mortgage protection cover.

    (Source: ALI Group Claims Data as at April 2019)

    It’s also important to ALI Group that its brokers, BDMs and other employees adopt healthy lifestyles to keep their own heart healthy, so they’re spreading the following tips and facts!

    Some facts and figures from the Heart Foundation

    • Each year, 57,000 Australians suffer a heart attack – that’s one heart attack every 10 minutes
    • In 2017, heart disease caused 51 deaths a day
    • Heart disease kills nearly 3x more Australian women than breast cancer
    • Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes
    • 90% of Australians have at least one risk factor for heart disease – with a 1 in 2 chance for men and a 1 in 3 chance for women developing cardiovascular disease by 40 years old

    Tips to keep your heart healthy

    • Be smoke free
    • Be physically active
    • Manage your blood pressure
    • Manage your diabetes
    • Manage your blood cholesterol
    • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
    • Enjoy a variety of nutritious foods
    • Look after your mental health!

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