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LOVE YOUR HEART

Whether you’re a heart patient, you want to help someone with heart disease, or you’re simply interested in reducing your risk, here’s what you need to know…

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you gave your heart some TLC? If you’re young and healthy, it’s all too easy to ignore the risk of developing heart disease. But the life we lead now – the food we eat, exercise we take and lifestyle decisions we make – can predict our future heart health. If you’re older, or already have a heart condition or some of the risk factors, it’s all the more important to care for your heart.

We asked the experts at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Heart UK, as well as our own expert, GP Dawn Harper, for advice on preventing cardiovascular disease (an umbrella term for all diseases of the circulatory system). Here’s what they want you to know…

BE ALERT FOR THE SIGNS

‘MANY PEOPLE DON’T REALISE cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills as many women as men,’ says Tracy Parker, heart health dietitian at the BHF. ‘We’re three times more likely to die of CVD than we are of breast cancer.’ Worryingly, women are less likely than men to call 999 if they’re having a heart attack.

Less than a third of women do enough exercise to protect their heart

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Our experts explain how you can eat more and still lose weight, investigate the good gut diet that helps beat the bloat, and tell you how to follow a healthy vegan diet – or just steal the bits you like. Plus, our dietitian explores the benefits of protein powders, and we serve up a nutritious spread of tried, tasted and easy recipes for you to cook throughout the month. All this and more in February’s Healthy Food Guide.
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