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This entry was posted on 02/02/2015.
So we’re aware of the two very important days that occur in February: Valentine’s Day and Shrove Tuesday. Whilst we are filling up on pancakes, chocolate and much love, we mustn’t forget that February is National Heart Month. National Heart Month raises awareness, across the UK, of Coronary Heart Disease and how we should all go about taking care of our hearts. Did you know that the single biggest killer in the UK is Coronary Heart Disease? Cause I didn’t! You may know that people can live with high blood pressure or cholesterol and they can be completely oblivious to it. We’ve all heard that it can be the ‘silent killer’; some of us just don’t recognise the signs.
Along with the US, the UK is one of the leading countries for obesity; a third of all children in the UK are obese and overweight, putting them at greater risk of Coronary Heart Disease in the future.
Fortunately we are beginning to recognise the effects and causes of heart disease and we are taking action; deaths from heart disease fell by 38,000 in the UK between 2000 and 2007. Over half of these saved lives were due to reducing the blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
This week for National Heart Month, StressNoMore are offering you the chance to win 1 of 10 SELF Check Cholesterol Level Tests to raise awareness for Coronary Heart Disease. Along with this competition, we have taken 10% off all of our heart rate and blood pressure monitors.
What is Coronary Heart Disease?
The coronary arteries are the arteries that supply your heart with oxygen-rich blood; this is where heart disease starts. When ignored, the arteries become blocked with fatty deposits, making the artery narrower, which makes it even more difficult to deliver the oxygen-rich blood to your heart. This can then cause angina -– discomfort and pain in the chest are symptoms of this. Neglecting this can then allow blood clots to form; this is when a piece of fatty deposit in your artery breaks off. If the clot blocks the coronary artery, the heart is then starved and this will lead to a heart attack.
You are susceptible to Coronary Heart Disease if:
- You are overweight/obese
- Eat too much salt
- Don’t perform enough exercise
- Lack of fruit and vegetables in your diet
- If you smoke
- Drink too much alcohol
- If your caffeine consumption is high
Unfortunately, you may be prone to Heart Disease because of your lineage or you’re age:
- If you have a blood relative that has high blood pressure
- If you are of African or Caribbean descent
- If you are 65 or older
There are ways you can reduce the risk of heart disease; these include changing a few of your lifestyle habits; looking to change your lifestyle habits doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself – you don’t have to do this alone, you could use this lifestyle change to benefit you and your family.
Ways you can prevent Heart Disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
It’s all very simple really: having a healthy balanced diet, being more active, controlling your weight, stopping smoking, reducing your alcohol intake and learning how to cope with stress are all natural ways to lower you blood pressure and cholesterol to prevent Heart Disease.
We’ve all heard that we need a “healthy balanced diet” and it’s true! Your diet should be extremely low in saturated/trans fats and high in fruit and veg. Five hand sized portions of fruit and veg is enough; try choosing those that are vibrant in red colours as these reduce the risk of heart disease. A good source of protein such as fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, beans and seeds are high in vitamins and minerals that are important for your body to function properly.
It’s all good and well having a balanced diet, but if you are adopting the life of a couch potato, this won’t benefit you at all. Staying active is incredibly important and 150 minutes of cardio vascular work a week is the recommendation; that’s only 2 and half hours of cycling or walking! Being in the outdoors and inhaling the fresh air into your lungs can really benefit you to making you feel better holistically, not just for your heart. Exercising regularly helps you sleep better, focus and keeps your heart healthy.
We know that some people can find it difficult dealing with their weight; but a healthy weight can really help cut back your risk of Heart Disease and aids in preventing and managing blood pressure and cholesterol. Not only is maintaining a healthy weight great for your heart; if you lose just 10% of your body weight, you will automatically improve your pelvic floor muscles that support your bowel and pelvic organs by an impressive 50%!
This one is a short one – put it out! Smoking is an absolute no-go when it comes to heart disease, blood pressure and cholesterol. We’ve all seen the smoking adverts, and some of which are not appealing to the eyes!
If you are keen to learn more, I would highly recommend in visiting the British Heart Foundation website; they have magnificent downloadable booklets that breakdown all you need to know about Heart Disease and how to prevent it.
Remember, we are offering 10% off our whole range of Heart and Blood pressure monitors so you can take care of yourself and your family conveniently in your own home. Get fit, unite and combat Coronary Heart Disease together – let’s show Heart Disease who’s boss.
Enter now and you can win one of 10 SELFcheck Cholesterol Level Tests and say hello to a happier and healthier heart!
To have a chance in entering our competition, here’s what you have to do:
1) Visit, like and share our Facebook Page
2) Following us on Twitter and tweet @stressnomoreuk #ahealthyheartisahappyheart #nationalheartmonth
3) Leaving us a comment on this blog – share your own tips on how to prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, we’d love to hear them!
You can do all three! Giving you three entries and three chances of winning!
After submitting your entry, make sure that you click on the “I’ve tweeted”, “I’ve commented”, “I’ve visited” button, so your entry is counted.
*All information and statistics have come from the British Heart Foundation website – click here for more details*