National Heart Month

There are currently 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart or circulatory disease. One in two of us will experience a heart or circulatory condition in our lifetime.

February 2022 is National Heart Month. Making small changes can make a big difference and reduce your risk of developing heart related conditions in the long term. The British Heart Foundation tells us what we can do this February to help our heart health.

  1. Know your Numbers

In the UK 28% of people have high blood pressure. This can be caused by being overweight, not doing enough exercise or drinking too much. High blood pressure increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Getting your blood pressure checked can mean you can take any steps you need to reduce this risk. You can get your blood pressure checked at your GP surgery, local pharmacy or as part of a NHS Health Check.

High blood cholesterol also increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It can be caused by many different things, some of which can’t be controlled. However there are things you can do to help manage your cholesterol levels such as eating less saturated fat, being more active and managing your weight. Smoking can also lead to increased blood cholesterol levels.

 

  1. Get moving

Being sedentary for long periods of time can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of developing heart or circulatory disease by up to 35%. Even a 20 -30 minute walk each day can make a difference.

 

  1. Eat healthily

A healthy and balanced diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, as well as help you manage your weight. It can also help lower your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.

 

  1. Stop Smoking

Smoking leaves a sticky lining on the walls of our arteries. This causes fatty substances to stick to it and can cause our arteries to become blocked. At least 15,000 deaths from heart or circulatory disease are linked to smoking each year.

 

What’s your first step to looking after your health this National Heart Month?

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National Heart Month