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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 2, 2018What is stroke?

Latest stats from the Stroke Association show there is around 1 stroke every 5 minutes in the UK.  And following a stroke, two thirds of survivors will leave hospital with a disability. A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. There are two […]

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April 26, 2018Explaining ECG and Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a common condition which causes your heart to beat irregularly, and often faster than normal. This irregular heartbeat can sometimes cause symptoms including dizziness, shortness of breath and tiredness (although it won’t always give you any noticeable symptoms).  People with atrial fibrillation may also notice heart palpitations which can last anywhere from […]

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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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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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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 17, 2017Home blood pressure monitors are inaccurate majority of the time

In order to reduce the strain on the NHS and private practices, and given the rather frightening statistic that one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure, GPs have been encouraging people to monitor their own blood pressure at home. However, a recent study of 85 people in the UK has shown […]

April 25, 2017Make May Purple for Stroke

May is the Stroke Association’s annual make May purple for stroke campaign.  The campaign aims to raise awareness about strokes, and offers support to those who have been affected by stroke, including families, carers and survivors. Statistics show that by the age of 75, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 6 men will have had […]

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