February is National Heart Month

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February is "heart month" in more ways than one. Not only does it celebrate St. Valentine's Day, it's also National Heart Month. There are about 2.6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). Each of us has a heart which means that everyone is at potential risk. Understanding heart conditions isn't an easy task — there are lots of different types and knowing how the heart works is more helpful when trying to learn about these conditions. But looking at the facts will benefit yourself and the people you love in the long run. Some tips to achieve a healthier heart:

  • Eat a healthy diet — keep your salt intake to no more than 6g (about teaspoon) a day
  • Take regular physical exercise — 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days
  • Keep your alcohol intake within recommended safe limits — no more than 21 units weekly for men and no more than 14 units per week for women
  • Keep an eye on your blood pressure — as many as 7 million people in the UK are living with undiagnosed high blood pressure, without knowing they are at risk, so it's advisable to get this checked
    The British Heart Foundation's website has information about heart diseases and how you can beat them: www.bhf.org.uk

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