This year’s global ‘World Heart Day’ on 29th September is being supported by NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SLCCG) the, the body responsible for planning and buying health services in and around Stamford and Bourne area.
SLCCG is raising awareness of the campaign locally, to help people understand the risks of developing heart disease and how it can be prevented. World Heart Day was created in 2000 by the World Heart Federation, to inform people worldwide that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising.
This year’s campaign theme focuses on the importance of a life-course approach to the prevention and control of heart disease with a focus on women and children. The campaign highlights what actions can be taken through a person’s life to reduce their risk.
Dr Miles Langdon from NHS South Lincolnshire CCG said "It is really important we get the message out there that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, smoking, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are controlled. Walking is great free way to keep fit and healthy, for the whole family and is not limited by different fitness levels. You can also find lots of helpful information online by searching ‘Change4Life’ for top tips on how to stay healthy, by eating well and moving more. By entering your postcode you can find a list of local activities on the Change4Life ‘Find local activities’ webpage. Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do for you and your family’s health. And with the support of your local stop smoking service, you will be 4 times more likely to quit than going it alone and greatly reducing your risk of heart related diseases. Contact the phoenix stop smoking service on 0800 840 1533."
The British Heart Foundation charity is committed to helping anyone who has a heart condition or needs heart-related information, support and guidance. The charity offers a dedicated ‘Heart Helpline’ where cardiac nurses and heart health advisors are on hand to help with any questions or concerns you have about your or someone you care about heart health and heart conditions. They can be contacted on 0300 330 3311 (similar cost to 01 or 02 numbers) and lines are open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
You can also join the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Heart Matters’ free membership service online. By joining you will benefit from a host of free items including a welcome pack, a magazine, a tape measure to check your waistline and online support.
For details on British Heart Foundation support services online and locally, visit www.bhf.org.uk/about-us/find-the-bhf-near-you.aspx
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