National Heart Month: Who, What, When and Why?

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Every February, the annual event known as National Heart Month is held by the British Heart Foundation in an effort to raise awareness of the heart and the potential risks of coronary heart disease (CHD).

We’re sure you’re already aware of this, but we’re also passionate about spreading awareness about the heart and ensuring as many people as possible are aware of the risks for CHD.

So, it will come as no surprise that we too will be helping to raise awareness by sharing content on all our social media channels to help spread the word of CHD, tips for heart health, prevention and more!

So be sure to keep your eye on our feeds on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the duration of February to get involved with the conversation.

A Whole Month for Your Heart?

Every February, the British Heart Foundation dedicates the whole of February to raising awareness for the heart and CHD. A whole month seems like a long time, right? If we were to reveal everything there was to know about the heart, then believe us, we’d need a lot longer than a month!

Many people are unaware, but coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the UK and worldwide. This particular disease is responsible for more than 73,000 deaths in the UK with 1 in 6 men and 1 in 10 women losing their life to CHD.

The aim of February is to raise awareness on these statistics and bring the seriousness to light so more people understand the signs, symptoms and their individual risk for developing CHD. The more people who are aware and have an understanding, the more likely they are to look after themselves and their ticker.

What You Can Do   

Looking after your heart may seem like a daunting task; it’s one of the most important organs you have and has the big responsibility of pumping blood around your body. You may be surprised, but looking after your heart isn’t as difficult as you may initially think.

A starting point could be to introduce more activity into your day-to-day activities. Rather than sitting on the couch, catching up on the latest episode of the newest Netflix release, why not take a stroll? A 30-minute walk every day can do wonders for your circulation and blood pressure.

Another simple implementation would be to substitute the chocolate snacks for fruit and healthier options. Lowering the amount of saturated fats you eat can help you achieve a healthier cholesterol level, which can reduce the chances of fatty build-up in the arteries. This build-up can cause blockages which further lead to strokes, heart attacks and peripheral artery disease.

A third option could be to cut down on the alcohol. Alcohol can lead to extremely high blood pressure which can further lead to a heart attack or stroke. Drinking also weakens the heart muscle, meaning blood isn’t being pumped as efficiently as it should be, this can cause the heart to become enlarged or even lead to an early death through heart failure.

Being mindful about your activities and what you eat and drink can is the first step to living a healthier lifestyle and a healthier heart.

Get Involved

National Heart Month aims to spread awareness on all of these issues and highlights the simple changes you need to do in order to better your heart health, healthier than ever.

So, are you going to get involved with National Heart Month? You already know we are! Just think about what it could lead to; a healthier and more aware you. To us, that doesn’t sound bad at all.

Drop us a comment below on what you and your colleagues intend to do to spread awareness and get involved, or if that isn’t your style, Tweet us @defibshop and get involved with the activities on social media.

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