London (PRWEB UK) 19 July 2013
The biggest killer in the UK today is cardiovascular disease, also known as (CHD), causing around 82,000 deaths each year. About one in five men and one in eight women die from the disease. In the UK, there are an estimated 2.7m people living with the condition and 2m people affected by angina (the most common symptom of coronary heart disease).1 According to the British Heart Foundation heart disease affects more men than women, although after the 50s the statistics even out between men and women developing CHD.
The main symptoms related to cardiovascular disease are chest pains, which are known as angina, heart attacks and heart failure, but until CHD is actually diagnosed there may be no symptoms showing at all. Having regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and ensuring healthy heart habits are taught to children, including being aware that smoking, drinking, stress and high blood pressure can all trigger a higher risk in developing heart disease in the future.
Chemist Direct Pharmacist Nada Elia states: Be more physically active, combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is the best way of maintaining a healthy weight. People who do not exercise are twice as likely to have a heart attack as those who exercise regularly. The heart is a muscle and like any other muscle it benefits from exercise. A strong heart can pump more blood around your body with less effort. Any aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming and even dancing, makes your heart work harder and keeps it healthy.
The key to having a healthy heart is finding a balance in the amounts and variety of the food consumed. Eating larger portions than necessary or indulging in fast foods and processed foods may result in obesity or high cholesterol, increasing your risk of developing heart problems.
A diet based on starchy foods such as potatoes, rice and pasta; with plenty of fruit and vegetables; some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish and lentils; some milk and dairy foods; and not too much fat, salt or sugar, will give you all the nutrients you need. 2 Too much sodium in the diet, which is anything exceeding 6g of salt a day, can increase blood pressure, and increased amounts of saturated fats, the kind of fat found in butter and lard, pies, cakes and biscuits, fatty cuts of meat, sausages and bacon, and cheese and cream, will raise the cholesterol levels in the blood, blocking the arteries and leading to heart failure.
As part of a healthy diet, try to cut down on foods containing trans fats or saturated fats, and replace them with foods containing unsaturated fats. Most of us eat too much saturated fat about 20% more than the recommended maximum amount. 3