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 Every February we celebrate Heart Month. For this year’s Heart Month we encourage everyone to make small changes towards a healthier lifestyle.       

There are many different heart conditions and problems. Together, we call them heart disease. It can be confusing and scary to have one yourself or to have your family diagnosed if you’ve never heard of it before. Here are some common heart complaints,

  • Heart attack – happens when your heart muscle is starved of oxygen-rich blood. This causes damage to your heart muscle.
  • An abnormal heart rhythm – sometimes called an arrhythmia – means your heart is beating too fast, too slow, or with an irregular pattern.
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD) – when your coronary arteries (the arteries that supply your heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood) become narrowed by a gradual build-up of fatty material within their walls.
  • Angina – a pain or discomfort felt in your chest, which is usually caused by coronary heart disease.

So how can you avoid all these happening to you and your family? Keeping your heart healthy, whatever your age, is the most important thing you can do to help prevent and manage heart disease.

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.

Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. If you’re a smoker, stopping smoking is the single most important step you can take to protect the health of your heart.

What could you do in ten minutes? Making small changes to your daily routine can make a big difference to your heart health – which in the long term could save your life.

For ideas visit https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/preventing-heart-disease/10-minutes-to-change-your-life

Michelle McGill, Occupational Health Adviser - Coleraine & Magee

Diane McClurg, Occupational Health Adviser - Jordanstown & Belfast 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    


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