Every February, the British Heart Foundation celebrates Heart Month – a time to raise awareness of heart health issues and encourage people to take care of their own heart health. Despite many annual campaigns, many people are still unaware of the lifestyle factors that could negatively impact their heart health.
New research into heart health is published regularly, revealing some interesting findings about heart health in the UK. Learn more about the latest heart health findings and how you can help raise awareness for tackling cardiovascular disease in Britain.
Heart health in the UK
Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease is a major health concern in the UK. According to the British Heart Foundation, 7 million people are currently battling heart disease. Today alone, 435 people will die as a result of heart disease.
Cardiovascular disease isn’t just something that effects older people, and isn’t always related to lifestyle. Each year, hundreds of children are born with congenital heart disease that will affect them throughout their lives.
Beating heart disease through healthier living
Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are vital in beating heart disease, and are important components when it comes to effective self-care. Exercise is an important part of keeping healthy, and it’s recommended that adults complete at least 150 minutes of exercise a week in order to keep their health and fitness in order.
Recent studies have shown that even people in their late middle age can reduce their risk of heart failure by beginning to exercise. Exercising can reverse years of living a sedentary lifestyle, meaning that it’s never too late to start. While it may take 4-5 sessions of exercise a week to reverse these effects, it’s something that’s worth doing for the sake of your health. Walking is one of the gentlest, most effective exercises and is something you can start doing today to help improve your fitness levels.
In addition to cardiovascular-based exercises like walking and running, strength training can also help to boost your overall fitness. Aim to complete strength sessions once or twice a week at first, building up to more frequent sessions if that’s something that you would prefer to do.
Support Wear Read Day this February
2 February is ‘Wear Red Day,’ a day to raise money and awareness for those born with congenital heart disease. Organised by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. You can get your school or workplace involved to help raise awareness of an important issue and fund the vital research work that aims to tackle this condition. Spread the word using #WearRedDay on social media.
Research into congenital heart disease is important, and research can help to provide new treatments as well as identify risk factors. If you’re interested in reading research around heart health issues, the British Heart Foundation blog is full of interesting articles on their latest research.
This February, make sure that you do your bit to raise awareness of heart disease and to help fund the vital research that takes place in the UK. Look after your own heart health by exercising regularly and challenge yourself to become fitter in 2018.
Remember, if you are concerned about a heart condition, contact your GP to make an appointment. If you suspect a heart attack, contact 999 immediately for assistance.