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. This year’s campaign focuses on creating healthy heart environments. Ensuring that everyone has the chance to make healthy heart choices wherever they live, work and play.
You can find lots of helpful information online by searching ‘Change4Life’ for top tips on how to keep yourself and your family healthy, by eating well and moving more.
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. Visit NHS Choices to find stop smoking services near you: http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Stop-smoking-services/LocationSearch/1846
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 heart health and heart conditions.
Call the Heart Helpline on 0300 330 3311 to speak to Cardiac Nurses and Information Support Officers. The Heart Helpline is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
For details on British Heart Foundation support services online and locally, visit www.bhf.org.uk/about-us/find-the-bhf-near-you.aspx