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October 24, 2018How dangerous is high blood pressure?

There are some risk factors which can increase your chance of developing high blood pressure which you can’t control, including: Your ethnicity – people from African-Caribbean or South Asian communities are a greater risk of high blood pressure Family history – you’re more likely to have hypertension if members of your family have, or have […]

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October 17, 2018High blood pressure: What to eat and what to avoid

As of 2017 Blood Pressure UK estimate around 1.1 billion people worldwide suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure.  That’s 1 in 7 people! Although hypertension is often managed with medication, choosing the right diet can play a huge part in helping control this common condition. Generally speaking, you should aim to eat a diet […]

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February 2, 2018Simple tips to help a smoker quit

Around 15% of the UK population are smokers – that’s 7.6 million people. Yet smoking is still a leading cause of preventable death, contributing to diseases including COPD, PAD, lung cancer, stroke and coronary heart disease. So if you’re a smoker and want to quit, what can you do? Assess your habit Most smokers underestimate […]

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October 17, 2017Grip strength and Diabetes

Research published in the journal Diabetes Care has found that people with diabetes who have strong grips are more likely to live longer than those with weaker grip strengths.  In the study, those with a stronger grip were also shown to have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The research was undertaken by the […]

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August 23, 2017World Heart Day

The World Heart Federation’s annual World Heart Day falls on 29th September this year.  The day is part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. High blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels and a lack of exercise or unhealthy diet are all factors which can trigger heart disease and increase […]

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August 22, 2017Vascular Disease Awareness

The Circulation Foundation is the UKs only dedicated vascular charity – each September, the charity aims to raise awareness of vascular diseases and promote the excellent work of their staff and volunteers.  This year, the theme is “Step it up for September” – focussing on exercise, healthy eating, stopping smoking, fundraising and raising awareness of […]

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National Cholesterol Week

Heart UK are holding their annual National Cholesterol Week this year from 17th-23rd September to promote awareness of the dangers of cholesterol.  This year’s aim is to encourage as many people as possible to help raise funds for the charity by hosting a “Hearty Tea Party”. High cholesterol is caused by an elevated level of Low-density […]

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June 7, 2017Eating late at night is bad for your health

A recent study undertaken at the University of Pennsylvania has suggested that snacking at night before sleeping not only contributes to weight gain, but could also increase the likelihood of developing diabetes and heart disease. Researchers asked the participants of the study, nine healthy adults, to eat three meals and two snacks between 8am and […]

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May 25, 2017500,000 people in the UK have an undiagnosed irregular heartbeat

The British Heart Foundation has warned that an estimated half a million people in the UK are unaware that they are suffering from an irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation.  The charity analysed various data sources including the Atrial Fibrillation Association, Public Health England and GPs’ quality & outcomes framework prevalence data to make their estimate. […]

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May 19, 2017People with a healthy heart at middle age will live a longer, healthier life

A study by the American Heart Association has found that middle-aged individuals with healthy hearts tend to live longer and remain healthier than those in the same age group with less healthy hearts. Over the course of 40 years, the health records of individuals were studied to determine how their overall health compared to one […]

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