What is Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) affects around seven million people in the UK. Here's an overview of how the disease can occur and what you can do to help lower your risk of developing it.  Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common cardiovascular disease worldwide and is estimated to affect over two million people in the UK alone1. It may a...
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Brilliant Berries you Should be Eating

Here are five heart-healthy berries that are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Eating them could help your heart and circulatory system in a variety of different ways.  Eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts can help you and your body stay fit and healthy. There's no best berry for heart health, but we've picked...
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Cycling to be Prescribed on the NHS to help the nation lose weight and help reduce the risk of heart disease

Riding a bike is a great way to get heart-healthy aerobic exercise. NHS doctors may soon be prescribing cycling to overweight patients and bike repair vouchers will be made available to thousands of Brits.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new scheme to tackle the UK's obesity epidemic. 67% of men and 60% of women are currently con...
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Laughter is (almost) the Best Medicine

Laughing is linked to some surprising health benefits. It's believed that regular laughter can reduce heart disease risk, lower artery inflammation and even lower cholesterol levels.  As the old saying goes, 'laughter is the best medicine'. According to some research, this may be true. A daily chuckle could help your heart in a variety of ways...
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Art for your Heart

Taking part in arts and crafts activities can help reduce stress and anxiety, two key risk factors for developing heart disease.  Modern humans have been producing art for at least 50,000 years. The earliest examples of prehistoric art were made by our now-extinct cousins, Homo erectus, who used basic tools to engrave shells approximately 500,...
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Screen Time on the Rise during Lockdown

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has radically changed our routines. As a nation, we're spending less time exercising and more time in front of the TV. How can we get healthier in lockdown?  A survey of 2,000 British adults, carried out in June, found that over 50% of people have been watching more TV since the national lockdown began1. This s...
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Gardening: Can you Dig your way to a Healthier Heart?

Growing fruits, vegetables and other plants is both relaxing and rewarding. Gardening is a heart-healthy activity that can help your body, mind and stomach. Here's why you should give it a go.  Gardening is a popular pastime in the UK and increasing numbers of people are taking up the hobby to relax, improve health and grow their own food. It ...
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What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular diseases are the most common medical conditions worldwide, affecting around 1 in 7 people globally. We look at the causes of heart disease and how it can be prevented.  When we refer to heart disease, we're usually talking about the cardiovascular diseases. These include a range of heart and circulatory diseases including corona...
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Tugging at Heartstrings – How Classical Music can affect your Health

Listening to classical music can affect your heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels. It could be helping your heart and improving your mood.  Almost everyone enjoys listening to music. Whether it's at home or on the commute to work, we're constantly surrounded by songs. Listening to a favourite song can brighten our day but it might also...
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What are Superfoods and which ones may be good for your heart?

Superfoods: Certain fruits, vegetables and nuts have been given superfood status. But are they as healthy and nutritious as some people claim? And which superfoods are best for our hearts?  Newspapers and magazines are constantly promoting the latest superfood. But don't let the name fool you; superfood isn't a scientific label used by the exp...
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Can Pets lower your risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

Multiple studies have linked dog and cat ownership with better heart health, less stress and even a lower risk of death. Here's a look at why this might be.  For at least 2,000 years, we've been domesticating animals for work and companionship. Half of British adults own at least one pet , with approximately 24% of people owning a cat and 26% ...
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Could City be Affecting our Health and Longevity?

Living in a large town or city, or by a busy road, has been linked with an increased risk of developing heart disease.  Air pollution, which is often caused by vehicle emissions, factories and chimneys, is a serious problem in built-up areas. In the UK, levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide gas in the air are generally within the recommended safe l...
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Understanding CRP (C-Reactive Protein)

The level of CRP in your blood can determine how likely you are to develop hypertension, heart disease and other conditions. It can be hard to understand how it works, so we've gone back to basics.   Your blood is packed full of different cells, gases and other molecules that help keep your body working. Some of these substances act as bi...
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What are the facts about alcohol and heart health?

Drinking alcohol can take a toll on your body, yet some drinks could help to improve your heart health. Alcohol is a big part of British culture, with around 80% of us drinking at least once a week1 . Whether it's a pint in the pub or a glass of wine after work, we each have our favourite tipple. But indulging in the occasional drink and sticking w...
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How does Garlic help regulate Blood Pressure?

Taking a garlic supplement daily may help to lower your blood pressure.  Recent research has looked scientifically at the properties of garlic and the results are extremely positive. A 2016 meta-analysis, which looked at a range of individual studies into garlic's health effects, concluded that garlic canlower blood pressure. These results wer...
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How to improve your heart health with Tai Chi

The slow, flowing movements of Tai Chi have been shown to improve heart health, especially in people with chronic heart failure.  Tai Chi is a popular pastime in China and many other countries – studies have shown that the rhythmic exercise can improve health, especially in people with heart problems1. Men and women of any age can take part in...
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The Healthiest Hearts in the World

An indigenous tribe in rural Bolivia have the healthiest hearts of any group on Earth. What's the secret to their health and longevity? The Tsimane (pronounced chi-man-ay) are a Bolivian tribal group with an extraordinary boast to their name; they have some of the healthiest hearts in the world1. They live across the hot and humid north of Bolivia ...
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What Is Blood Pressure

Understanding Blood Pressure The pressure in your heart and circulatory system affects all aspects of your physical health. It's important to have your blood pressure checked regularly, especially as you get older. Blood pressure is normally written as two numbers with a slash between them (i.e. 120/70mmHg). The first number represents the pressure...
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The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is generally accepted as one of the healthiest in the world. It's full of heart-healthy fruits, vegetables and proteins, cooked into a vast range of delicious dishes. Following the Mediterranean diet is thought to lower cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure. It may even extend your life. There are 21 countries in the Med...
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UV Rays - Why Sunlight Improves Heart Health

Spending time in the sun is great for our body and mind. We've been using sunlight to improve our health for thousands of years and now there's scientific evidence that soaking up rays might lower your risk of developing high blood pressure. Relaxing at the beach or in the comfort of your garden could help your heart - here's why. Vitamin D Most of...
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