Nearly one in six men and one in ten women die from coronary heart disease according to figures released by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
But BMI The Three Shires Hospital Consultant Cardiologist Dr Dominic Cox says that figures released by BHF show as much as 75% of cardiovascular disease is preventable.
As part of National Heart Month, which runs throughout February, Dr Cox is calling on people to make small changes that will make a big difference!
He explained: “Whether it’s getting active, stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol or just making some simple ‘food swaps’ most people do have the power to change their heart health for the better.
“First and foremost – ditch the cigarettes! I know it can be tough but help is out there. Visit your GP and ask for advice – and do it now. An estimated 22,000 deaths each year from cardiovascular disease can be attributed to smoking – the sooner you stop the quicker you will reap the benefits.”
Dr Cox is backing the BHF’s ‘Ten Minutes to Change Your Life’ campaign running throughout National Heart Month, which tells people of the various lifestyle changes people can make.
“The idea is to keep things simple – to make small changes that people can stick with a build on. Ten minutes a day spent walking is better than no walking at all. Once ten minutes becomes a habit you can build on that and gradually do more.
“Being overweight can put great stress on your heart, so time working out a healthier diet – cutting back on salt and eating more fruit a vegetables – can pay dividends by helping you feel and look much better.”
According to BHF figures released last month (January 2015) cardiovascular (heart and circulatory) disease effects an estimated seven million people in the UK and causes around 160,000 deaths each year.
“People should be looking at these figures and saying ‘I’m making my changes now’. I am not overstating the case when I say it really can be a matter of life or death,” said Dr Cox.
For more information on the British Heart Foundation’s Ten Minutes to Change Your Life campaign visit www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/preventing-heart-disease/10-minutes-to-change-your-life