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DON'T BE THE NEXT VICTIM 

When you know more about your risk of developing heart disease, you can act to stop the serial killer. 

You can learn more about your heart health by using the Heart Foundation’s Heart Age Calculator; this online tool helps you to understand your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Clive's story

Clive, a former detective and Deputy Police Commissioner from New South Wales, led the team that captured Ivan Milat, Australia’s most notorious serial killer. But he didn’t know he was being stalked by Australia’s biggest serial killer: heart disease.

Clive missed the warning signs of his heart attack: "I'd had no indication of a heart problem, but over about a four-day period, I felt I lost my energy and strength and found it hard even to walk up a set of stairs," he said.

Clive went to the doctor and was told he had survived a heart attack. He was sent to hospital where doctors discovered a blockage in one of his heart arteries.

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Bill's story

Bill faced the serial killer after walking home from work on the first day of a dream job.

When he got home, Bill vomited and felt ill, so he went to sleep. When his wife came home, she instantly knew something was wrong and urged Bill to see the doctor. These less known warning signs were missed until a doctor realised Bill had a heart attack.

Bill has since recovered and been given the OK to exercise. But it has had an effect. “I’ve lost the confidence to do this (run again); it’s a mental thing that I haven’t come to terms with yet. I feel a lot of guilt for what I put my family through; I’ll never forget the look on my wife’s face (when I was diagnosed with having a heart attack)."

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Gayle's story

Gayle was a new mother, enjoying life with her partner and eight-month-old baby girl when the serial killer struck.

Gayle had been living with undiagnosed cardiomyopathy (a disease where the heart muscle enlarges and thickens, making it harder to pump enough blood around the body).

Gayle had one or two lifestyle risk factors, and there were some warning signs that were missed or explained away, because Gayle didn’t realise the serial killer was about to take her life.

Despite the efforts of her husband, who gave Gayle CPR until the ambulance arrived, she lapsed into a coma in hospital.

After four days, her life support was switched off. Gayle died at age 30. Her “baby girl” is now almost seven years old.

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Sayyad's story

Story told by Sayyad's friend Matt.

Sayyad was my best work mate at Craigslea State High School where we both taught maths. At the start of the 2017 school year I answered a call from Sayyad’s number, but it was his wife Jane. She was distressed and asked me to tell work that Sayyad wouldn’t be in: he had collapsed, and an ambulance was on the way. As she was alone with their two kids, aged 6 and 8, I left work.

When I arrived at their house, paramedics were working on Sayyad; Jane was distraught. Soon after Sayyad was pronounced dead.

Jane recalls that morning he had felt faint when walking; and she had driven Sayyad to hospital but when they arrived, Sayyad insisted he was fine and said he just wanted to get to work.

His story shows that heart attack warning signs aren’t always what you think, and the future isn’t promised to anyone.

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Rob's story

Rob was only 13 years old when his dad, Robert Peter Kerruish, had a heart attack and died in their lounge room. Rob watched his father die.

After the death of his father, Rob always took care of his health. But in 2017, the serial killer came for him too.
The cause of Rob’s heart attack was his genetics. Rob knew the warning signs and went straight to hospital where it was discovered that his heart arteries were up to 98% blocked.

A month later Rob had a second heart attack and now has four stents.

Rob is a survivor; he is a passionate Heart Foundation community speaker and a volunteer with the Big Heart Appeal.

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Ellen's story

I was 26 years old in 2008 when my mum, Ellen, was taken by the serial killer. She died after having a heart attack; she was 61 years old.

The threat of heart disease was always present: by the time she was seven mum had lost both of her parents to heart attacks; her two brothers also survived heart attacks.

With a history of heart disease in my family, I have been proactive in protecting my heart health. I exercise regularly, eat a heart-healthy diet and take medication to manage my cholesterol.

I’m focused on making sure that my wife and son don’t lose a loved one to heart disease.

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Claude's story

In May 2015 Claude was 37 years old when confronted by the serial killer.

Despite having no symptoms and having never smoked, nor been overweight, Claude was diagnosed with advanced, severe coronary heart disease whereby his heart arteries were significantly blocked and reducing blood flow to his heart.

His specialists told Claude his condition was life-threatening, and he needed immediate surgery. Claude had double coronary artery bypass surgery in June 2015.

Claude knows that his diagnosis has been a blessing in disguise. While he isn’t constantly thinking about it, he does now have a deep respect for his heart.

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Jo's story

Previously fit and healthy, Jo experienced preeclampsia (a complication during pregnancy) during both of her pregnancies. The symptoms include high blood pressure and organ damage, usually to the kidneys or liver.

Jo’s babies were delivered early and her blood pressure returned to normal after their births.

Twelve years later, at the age of 43, Jo started experiencing chest pain during her daily bike ride to work. Concerned, Jo went to see her doctor when tests revealed she had a 90 percent blockage in one of her main coronary arteries. She needed urgent surgery.

Jo never thought this could happen to her at such a young age. She is thankful she dodged the serial killer and urges women to listen to their bodies and to act when something isn’t right.

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Clarrie's story

I was so close to my father; I was lucky to have him. Dad was a down to earth Aussie bloke. He had a heart of gold and so many good mates. When he was 45, Dad had a massive heart attack. I was only 10 years old.

I remember the day he died like it was yesterday. It was the saddest day of my life.

Dad was my favourite person and I looked up to him and admired him. In the very short time I had with him he taught me all of my life lessons; these have set me up to strive to be the best friend, mum, wife and colleague that I can be.

I wish dad had a heart health check; it could have saved his life. My family tell me every day how proud he would be of me. I just wish he was here to say it himself.

Most importantly, if he was still here, my son would have met his wonderful grandfather and he would have met my husband.

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COMMUNITY REELING AFTER 

SERIAL KILLER STRIKES

Australia’s most prolific serial killer remains on the loose. There is no pattern to it: men, women, young, old – it doesn’t discriminate, killing 51 Australians every day. Many thousands of Australians have faced the serial killer.

LEARN THE WARNING SIGNS

This serial killer is also a leading killer of women.

It’s been six years since Australia’s worst serial killer took Angela Bernaldo’s sister, Gayle. Looking back, there might have been clues, warning signs Gayle missed, ignored or explained away.

Most women think they’re safe, that the serial killer won’t strike them. But it can, and it does.

Heart disease is a leading killer of Australian women, killing nearly three times as many women as breast cancer. This serial killer could target you or the women you love: your mum, sister, partner or best friend.

ARE YOU AT RISK?MANAGE THE IMPACTS

Bill survived an attack from Australia’s worst serial killer. He knows how lucky he is to survive when so many haven’t, but the psychological scars remain.

If the serial killer strikes and you survive, without proper management, you could be at greater risk of having a second heart attack.

Survivors can underestimate the support they need to return to normal life and avoid another heart attack or trip to hospital.

Surviving a heart attack and living with heart disease can be life changing: you can be left feeling scared, emotional and worried about your future.

Heart disease doesn’t need to kill you to take your life.

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HEART DISEASE KILLS 51

AUSTRALIANS EVERY DAY

Cardiologist Claire Arnott has seen too many senseless deaths that could have been avoided. Because unlike most serial killers, this one shows signs it’s going to attack.

Knowing the warning signs and acting fast by calling 000 immediately can save you or someone you love from this serial killer.

Warning signs can vary from person to person, and they may not always be sudden or severe. 

Watch these emotional true stories of victims who have faced Australia’s worst serial killer.

Disclaimer: This material has been developed by the Heart Foundation for general information and education purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice. Please visit your GP for a heart health check and consult your healthcare provider if you have, or suspect you have, a health problem. The information provided is based on daily averages and statistics obtained from, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, National Hospital Morbidity Database as at December 2018, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Causes of Death 2017, ABS cat. no. 3303.0, as at September 2018. Whilst due care and skill has been taken in the interpretation and preparation of the information provided, the Heart Foundation makes no representations regarding the accuracy, currency or reliability of the information obtained from any third party. All content is provided in accordance with the Heart Foundation’s website Terms & Conditions of Use.

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This serial killer is also a leading killer of women.

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Defend yourself today.

Clive had no idea until it was almost too late that Australia’s most prolific serial killer was stalking him.

You may not be aware you have risk factors of heart disease early enough. Often there are no symptoms. 

So it’s really important to get your doctor to check your risks frequently, to ensure your heart is healthy. 

The best thing you can do to find out about your risk of heart disease is to see your doctor for a heart health check.

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