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Heart Health isn’t just important on Valentine’s Day

Think February, and you may think about love, valentine’s – your heart. Nobody wants a broken heart caused by the romantic persuasion. Heart HealthBut taking good care of your heart health is of the upmost importance for overall health and is important to consider this month as well as every other month for the rest of your life.

The heart is responsible for pumping blood around the entire body, so if that process becomes hindered, so too does your health.

Heart and circulatory diseases, like coronary heart disease, stroke or vascular dementia, affect millions of people in the UK.

Risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, increase your chances of developing heart and circulatory diseases.

Smoking

If you smoke, quitting is the best option to help keep your heart and circulatory system healthy. Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack. Quitting is the best way to help reduce the likelihood of a heart attack.

Obesity

If you are classed as overweight or obese, you are more likely to develop coronary heart disease. Excess weight can place the heart under increased strain to pump blood around the entire body. Being overweight or obese can raise cholesterol levels, increase blood pressure and increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Weight management is therefore advised and the best way to do this is to see your GP who can advise you on the best way for you to lose weight healthily.

High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is another condition to be considered. Total cholesterol level is worked out by measuring the level of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, ‘bad’ non-HDL cholesterol and triglyceride level in your blood.

High cholesterol means you have too much ‘bad’ cholesterol in your bloodstream and are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. But a high level of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol can help keep that ‘bad’ non-HDL cholesterol in check.

It can be caused by things you can control such as consuming an unhealthy diet containing a lot of saturated fat, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight or obese. But there are factors you cannot control such as getting older, gender, ethnicity or Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) and other inherited diseases.

Taking care of the factors you can control can help reduce the likelihood of developing high cholesterol.

Heart Health Supplements

There are supplements that help support heart health including flaxseed which contains Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA) which contributes towards the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels helping to naturally reduce LDL cholesterol levels. There is also the renowned Omega 3’s, CoQ10 which is especially effective in supporting heart health in post-menopausal women, Turmeric and Ginger – both of which help reduce inflammation within the body and Gingko Biloba to help improve circulation.

Remember, heart health is important to consider all year round, not just around Valentine’s. Look after yourself and your heart health by quitting smoking, staying active and eating a healthy balanced diet for life.