Take Your Heart In Your HandsOn May 16, 2017 by cshnc
More than a quarter of all deaths in the UK are down to heart disease so it’s safe to say it’s certainly an issue we need to be addressing to ensure the number decreases dramatically in the future. The most common are heart attacks and Angina and the chances are that someone you know has been affected by either of these. Heart attacks can feel completely different from one person to another and you may not even know you’re having one simply putting it down to a bad case of indigestion. It may feel like a dull ache in the centre of your chest which can make you feel unwell, nauseas, dizzy and short of breath or spread to areas around your chest such as your arms, back and stomach. Most cases of heart disease could be prevented by changing your lifestyle but this isn’t always the case, some perfectly fit and healthy people can develop heart problems too although there is less of a chance than someone who has never exercised, smokes and drinks frequently. That’s not to say you can’t drink but stick to limits that aren’t going to increase your risk of getting heart disease, men should drink three to four units of alcohol whilst women should drink three to four units a day. One unit would be one single shot at 25ml or one small glass of wine.
Your diet plays a big part of increasing or lessening your chances of heart disease as foods high in fat and sugar (which quickly turns to fat) can lead to weight gain and diabetes as well as making it more difficult for blood to travel through arteries. Choose green and leafy vegetables to add to your meal rather than chips or crisps, you might be surprised to find they can be just as tasty and add a bit more interest to a dish. Pick foods low in sugar and saturated fat and try to find the extra time and inspiration to make homemade food whenever possible so you can be sure it is free from preservatives and anything factory added that will do nothing for you. Take ten minutes out of your day to get your heart rate beating whether it’s running up the stairs at home and work, chasing the dog around the garden or pushing your kids on the roundabout and swings in the park. Once you’ve got your fitness up join a walking or running club or a class at a leisure centre so you can be spurred on by your other class mates. Take your heart in your own hands and make it work for you!