If you believe everything you read in certain magazines and newspapers, we’re a nation of kale-eating health fanatics. But when it comes to heart health many of us are in the dark suggests a survey by AFIB Matters, a campaign developed by the European Heart Rhythm Association of the European Society of Cardiology.
Every year, the UK’s Stroke Association holds Make May Purple for Stroke, the charity’s annual stroke awareness month. This year, as well as wearing purple to show your support for those who have been affected by stroke, why not increase your awareness of stroke and the signs and symptoms to look for too?
According to Blood Pressure UK, eating too much salt is the biggest cause of high blood pressure – the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure will be. And even if your diet is a healthy one, if it contains too much salt you’re still likely to have high blood pressure, suggests a study recently published in the journal Hypertension.
If someone has a cardiac arrest – which is when the heart suddenly stops beating unexpectedly – the sooner they’re treated, the better their chances of surviving. In fact according to the British Heart Foundation, after a cardiac arrest every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 percent
Worldwide, physical inactivity is thought to cause more than five million deaths each year, says the health charity British Heart Foundation (BHF).