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The Heart Foundation enters the chat

West Coast great Peter Matera needs another stent inserted after suffering a heart attack on Sunday.

The incident happened while the 53-year-old was chopping wood on his family farm in Echuca.

The Matera heart attack scare comes after a series of tragic heart attacks among Australian sporting royalty.

Former Test stars Shane Warne and Rod Marsh died in March, while former WA cricketer Ryan Campbell is lucky to be alive after suffering cardiac arrest in April.

Unfortunately, this has also caused anti-vaccineers to make the connection that these heart attacks are caused by vaccines… all without knowing anything about an individual’s background or medical condition.

So, in the spirit of doing our own research, we asked the only place that would know if there really has been an increase in heart attacks in this group of men since the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines: the Heart Foundation.

What they told us blew us away…could actually have the COVID-19 vaccine protect our hearts?

Julie-Anne from The Heart Foundation reminded us that “it is important to remember that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in Australia”.

When asked if the numbers have increased since the start of the COVID-19 vaccination program, Julie-Anne confirmed that “the numbers are about the same”.

Julie-Ann urged us that “it’s important to know what your personal risk is, take action and reduce it,” she added, “these high-profile cases really shine a light on why heart attacks and heart disease are still a pressing issue.”

“The fact is, however publicized and tragic these events are, 50 people die of heart disease every day.”

Meanwhile, Matera’s younger brother, the former Eagle Phil, has urged people to get checked by their doctors to avoid a similar fate.