Easy ways to keep a healthy heart


Discover seven defibshop tips to give you a greater chance for fuller health


The best use of a defibrillator is to never have to use it. But as the British Heart Foundation (BHF) says 82,000 attacks and 68,000 failures happen per year, among other problems, we have to be mindful that at some stage or other something might happen.


One of the most reliable ways to prevent a serious problem with your heart is to keep it healthy. We've put together this list of seven potentially life-saving day-to-day habits you can use to get the most out of life. Let's show you.


1)      Chill out


Give yourself adequate time to relax. The health organisation Bupa says it's a proven way to bring down your blood pressure. So to make sure that your heart stays healthy, do something you like and unwind.


Of course, this choice will follow from your own interests.


If you're the kind of person who's into music then you might listen to one of your favourite albums. Or if you're the kind of person who's into luxurious relaxing then a weekend away at a spa can be the perfect way to relax.


2)      Diet


Diet is perhaps one of the easiest ways to look after your heart. If we eat a lot of junk food our cholesterol can reach levels which are generally considered unhealthy, likewise if we miss foods from our diet we miss the essential nutrition needed for a healthy heart.


There's a lot more to eating healthy than just picking out the labels in the supermarket. And speaking to a nutritionist about your current diet can help you plan what's best for you. One particularly good source of nutrition which you can tap into is seeds and nuts.


Joel Fuhrman, nutritionist and author of Eat to Live, has said "The protective properties of nuts against coronary heart disease were first recognised in the early 1990s, and a strong body of literature has followed, confirming these original findings."


3)      Sleep


Get a decent sleep. Imagine you're staying up into late hours and not giving your heart a chance to get some rest. Then you're putting yourself into a particularly difficult situation. Let us explain.


Reports have said that people who get more than seven hours could be at as much as 65% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and at 83% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.


When you don't allow your heart to get this amount of sleep, you could be putting yourself at risk. Sometimes, you need to get rest. But there's more than that.


4)      Exercise


For a healthy heart, you need not just good sleep but steady exercise.


Suppose, like us, you are one of the many people who spend much of their working day in an office, then exercise is especially important.


The BHF says you should get probably 20 minutes of exercise at least twice a week. And the good thing about this is that it can be made much, much easier if you pick an activity you like.


Whatever exercise you choose, make sure that you enjoy it enough to have it as a part of your lifestyle. You might even look forward to it.


5)      Stop smoking


You already know that smoking is bad for the heart, and the NHS has run campaigns about this issue for many years.


6)      Drink responsibly


Drinking responsibly is great for your heart. Again the BHF say there is a particular amount of alcohol you can drink if you want to stay healthy.


They say that men should not exceed more than four units a day and women should not exceed three. This amounts to about two drinks on average. But to be certain you can look at the particular information on the bottle itself.


7)      Laugh


Finally and perhaps most easily, Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist and heart disease expert at a major hospital in New York, has said that laughter is a great medicine. "Once you start laughing, it forces you to feel better," she said.


In fact doctors agree that laughter is a potentially life-altering characteristic. They say that it can decrease stress and anxiety, and this in turn may decrease inflammation in blood vessels too.


But what happens in an emergency?


Smiling, relaxing and eating well are all sure ways to keep your heart healthy, but you can also take precautions so that in an emergency, a victim has the best chance of survival.


Having a defibrillator available at home in your workplace increases a person's chances of survival to 70% or more. All of our defibrillators come with a 5 – 10 year guarantee. And we can price-match any vendor so you know it's the lowest price.


To find out more call a member of our friendly team on 0800 470 4847 today.

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