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For a quick check of your heart risk, wrap a tape measure around your waist. If it measures half your height or more—say, 35 inches or greater for a 5’10” guy—your middle makes you prone to problems, Dr. Janssen says.

Fat stored in your gut—especially deep or visceral fat, the stuff surrounding your organs—secretes hormones and other compounds that boost your chances of heart disease.


Dr Janssen consults at St John of God Midland Public Hospital as well as providing consultations and inpatient care at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. He also runs weekly clinics in Kalgoorlie and monthly clinics in Geraldton. He provides teaching for medical students in rural areas (Rural Medical School UWA and Notre Dame) as well as at SJG  Subiaco Hospital. He is based at Western Cardiology in Joondalup.


Suite 7, Level 1, Sanori House,
Cnr Grand Boulevard & Reid Promenade
Joondalup WA 6027

(08) 9300 2545


St John of God Medical Clinic, Level 3, Suite 324,
25 McCourt Street
Subiaco WA 6008

(08) 9346 9300


St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital Suites – 8 and 9,
Level 1, 1 Clayton St Midland
Midland WA 6056

(08) 6271 2200


Community Health & Development Centre,
Cnr Shenton & Milford Streets
Geraldton WA 6530

(08) 9346 9300


Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital,
Piccadilly Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430

(08) 9346 9300

Understanding you heart

Six Important Things About Your Heart

Adult heart beats about 10,000 times each day 01.

Do the math, and that’s at least about one beat per second, or 60 to 100 times per minute, according to American Heart Association.

Age and fitness level affect your heart rate 02.

Generally, as children grow or adults get fitter, the heart rates gets slower.

Heart disease isn’t only the number one killer of men, it’s also the top killer for women 03.

Your heart doesn’t care if you’re from Mars or Venus.

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04. Want to know how big your heart is? Make a fist.

Heart size depends on the size of the person as well as the condition of their heart. Generally speaking, a healthy heart is about the size of the person’s fist.

05. Your heart rate drops while you sleep.

At night, it’s common for heart rates to drop below 60bpm.

06. Heart attack symptoms are different for men and women.

Although heart disease is an equal opportunity killer, symptoms of heart attack show up differently in men versus women.

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