February is National Heart Month; there are about 2.6 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease (CHD).
Every single one of us has a heart which means every one of us is at potential risk.
National Heart Month represents a great chance for people to get together and raise awareness of CHD whilst also encouraging the nation to think more about their hearts.
On average, workers in the UK spend 40.8 hours a week in work; and if you’re in a working environment that doesn’t have a defibrillator on site, it is a great time for employers to see the benefits of having a life saving unit in the building.
The preventing of heart disease can be managed in several ways which we hope to go into more depth about over the next few weeks as we address all the ways you can strengthen your heart.
But the key areas to focus on when looking to protect your heart include:
- Healthy eating
- Staying active
- Managing your weight
- Not smoking
- Cutting down alcohol
- Managing stress levels
On February 6th, the British Heart Foundation will be leading a ‘Wear it. Beat it’ charity day in aid of fighting CHD; the main aim of the day? Wear something red. Simple.
Organising events and going ‘all out’ for the day is a great way to raise awareness and show that you recognise how valuable your heart is, you only get one and it is vitally important that we look after it the best we can.
But before we get started with this month’s postings, why not check out our recently revamped FAQ page which is packed full of information regarding your heart, cardiac arrest, defibrillators and everything in between.
Here's to a great National Heart Month!