The CEO of Hearts4heart says there are dangerously low levels of awareness about heart failure, leaving Australians vulnerable to the long-term condition.

The comment comes during Heart Failure Awareness Week (27th June – 3rd July) which aims to raise awareness about heart failure, the symptoms of the disease and to encourage people to get checked.

With heart issues quite prevalent in First Nations people, awareness is especially crucial in rural communities where the rate of heart failure is 90 percent higher than in major cities.

Tanya Hall spoke to NIRS News about the symptoms of heart failure and what mob can do if they are concerned.

CEO of Hearts4heart Tanya Hall