One particular day in February is associated with hearts and flowers, but did you know that the entire month is
National Heart Month? We look at simple ways to better heart health.
The British Heart Foundation say National Heart Month is a good time to think about your own heart. Whether or not you've ever personally suffered heart problems, have heart disease in the family, or have felt the negative effects of stress on the heart, it's important to be aware of heart health.
Did you know?
CHD (cardiovascular heart disease - an umbrella term for all heart and circulation diseases) is the biggest single killer in the UK.
More than 74,000 people die from CHD in the UK every year (that's 200 a day)
Nearly 1/6 men and more than 1/10 women die from CHD
There are nearly 1.4 million men and 900,000 women living with CHD in the UK
Risk factors contributing to heart health problems include lack of physical activity, poor diet and associated weight issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and stress.
Men and women over 40 years of age are strongly encouraged to get a heart health check up from their GP or work health scheme. If you're involved in employee health, we can help with workplace wellness schemes, screening and support. It's important for all staff members over 40 to get check ups which include assessing risks of coronary heart disease. Staff members should also be given the information and support they need to keep stress levels minimised and managed, since stress is recognised to be a contributing factor to heart health issues.