NHS Lincolnshire CCG is backing the British Heart Foundation’s National Heart Month, this February.
With Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) the umbrella term for all diseases of the heart and circulation, the CCG is urging everyone to support the campaign and patients, carers and the general public are being encouraged to make some simple changes to their lifestyles to bring about long-term health.
Millions of people across the UK are affected by cardiovascular disease and some simple changes can help prevent and/or treat many conditions.
National Heart Month focusses on small changes to help prevent the onset of disease; prevention is better than cure.
With this in mind the theme for this year is to encourage people to take at least 10 minutes a day to help improve their heart health. This is in line with government recommendations that adults should aim to be active daily, ‘in bouts of 10 minutes or more’, adding up to at least 150 minutes per week.
We all need to care for our hearts by considering what we eat, cutting back on alcohol, quitting smoking and increasing our levels of activity.
These steps can be achieved as simply as taking the stairs instead of a lift – some recent statistics show that less than a third (30%) of adults in England eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day, and 33% of men and nearly half (45%) of women do not do the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week.