WEEKEND WEB: Make simple changes for better heart health
DOCTOR CALLING: A weekly column by the chairman of South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Kevin Hill
South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is backing the British Heart Foundation’s National Heart Month this February.
With Coronary Heart Disease still the UK’s biggest killer, responsible for one death every seven minutes, the CCG has urged everyone to support the campaign.
Patients, carers and the general public are urged to make some simple changes to their lifestyles to bring about long term health.
National Heart Month focuses on small changes to help prevent the onset of disease; prevention is better than cure. Millions of people across the UK are affected by cardiovascular disease and some simple changes can help prevent and/or treat many conditions.
With heart disease affecting so many, it’s not just patients that are affected. Carers and families can obtain support to help make their loved one’s life easier; local support groups can be found at www.bhf.org.uk/about-us/find-bhf-near-you
National Heart Month is an important campaign to encourage us all to look after our own long term health. We all need to care for our hearts by considering what we eat, cutting back on alcohol, quitting smoking or taking the stairs instead of a lift.
Helping to eliminate the big risk factors, controlling cholesterol and keeping blood pressure safe have a positive impact on health and wellbeing; especially the heart.
It is still a sad fact that if you suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, your treatment is still less effective than if you’d taken steps to promote a healthy lifestyle.
The UK is lagging behind other nations in terms of treatment and care; this must change and making long term changes to your lifestyle can help, significantly.”