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Heart problems in older people

Many older New Zealanders are affected by heart problems. In this section, you will find information about some common heart problems. To read about other heart problems, we recommend your browse the National Heart Foundation website.


Many people who get chest pain are worried they might be having a heart attack, but most chest pain is not due to a serious cause. Because there are serious and treatable causes of chest pain, if you have it you should get advice as soon as possible.

If you currently have chest pain and you do not know what it is, do one of the following:

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed May 2018.

In this section

Angina (chest pain)

Atrial fibrillation (AF)

Heart attack

Heart failure

Heart murmurs & heart valve problems in adults

Heart palpitations

High blood pressure (hypertension)

High cholesterol

High triglycerides

Medicines for your heart

Tests for heart problems

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