- 7 million people are living with cardiovascular disease in the UK1
- Nearly one in six men and one in ten women die from coronary heart disease1
- There are up to 175,000 heart attacks in the UK each year, that’s one every three minutes1
- Following a healthy balanced diet, with 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and keeping your intake of fatty foods low.
- Moving around and taking part in exercise – be it a walk or a gym class- its recommended to have 30minutes of activity (enough to make you mildly sweaty or mildly breathless), 5 days a week, although you can break this into smaller more frequent amounts.
- Watching our weight – if you are overweight gradually reduce your portion sizes and gradually increase your activity levels to get slowly reduce your weight over several months.
- Not smoking – smoking has the greatest risk to your heart so seek help to stop, ask at your health centre to see the specialist nurse or doctor.
- Not drinking too much alcohol.
- Know your cholesterol level and how to reduce it, if it’s too high – again, ask at your health centre about having a test, and also about having your blood pressure checked.
“With regards to headlines suggesting people stop eating red meat, results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study did not indicate any association between total red meat intake and randomisation for heart failure.
“The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommends average daily red meat intake of up to 70 grams per day (as cooked meat) for adults. Average intakes in the UK are already close to this level at 72g daily, suggesting that most people do not need to eat less red meat.”