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Odds on you can win the race against heart disease

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Think you know how to pick an odds-on winner? Well, you have a better chance of developing heart disease, according to the Heart Foundation

On Melbourne Cup Day, the Heart Foundation is urging people to know their odds, as it’s revealed Australians have a better chance of developing heart disease than picking the race winner.

The Foundation says people have more than double the chance of suffering from heart disease than the horse has of winning the Cup.

For the past 10 years, the winner of the Melbourne Cup has had, on average, a one in 10 chance of taking out the race, but in comparison, the average 40-year-old Australian man has a one in two chance of developing heart disease, with women of the same age having a one in three chance. 

Heart Foundation National CEO, Adjunct Professor John Kelly said that while many punters will be focused on selecting the winning horse ahead of the big race, Australians should not forget about how likely they are to develop heart disease.

“Half of all men and a third of all women aged over 40 in Australia risk developing heart disease and in the three and half minutes that stops the nation.

. “At least one Australian will end up in hospital with heart disease. However, it’s never too early or too late to reduce your risk,” he said.


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