Heart Disease is heartless

Heart Disease is Heartless

Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes all the diseases of the heart and circulation including coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack, congenital heart disease and stroke.It’s also known as heart and circulatory disease.

What increases my risk of Heart Disease?

There are several causes of Heart Disease:

  • Smoking

  • High blood pressure

  • High blood cholesterol

  • Being physically inactive

  • Being overweight or obese

  • Diabetes

  • Family history of heart disease

  • Ethnic background

  • Sex – men are more likely to develop CVD at an earlier age than women.

  • Age – the older you are, the more likely you are to develop CVD.

Dealing with stress, how much alcohol you drink, as well as the career you have may also influence your risk of developing CVD.

The more risk factors you have, the higher your risk of developing CVD. And even though you can’t change all your risk factors, there is plenty you can do to reduce your risk and help to protect your heart.

 Preventing Heart Disease

Healthy eating
a healthy diet can help reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease and stop you gaining weight, reducing your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Staying active
Exercising can help reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and improve your mental health – helping you to look and feel great.

Smoking
Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. Not only will that it benefit your dental health, and your overall health.
If you’re a smoker, stopping smoking is the single most important step you can take to protect the health of your heart.

Get reddy to join the fun
Wear red and host an event on Friday 5 February 2016, to help beat heart disease. The money you raise will support the BHF’s life saving research. #WearItBeatIt

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