0 Have your say A CHARITY is challenging people across the region to improve their cardiac health. Wessex Heartbeat is trialling the 12 Week Healthy Heart Challenge – where people take small, achievable steps to improve their health each week.Participants start with a health check from one of Wessex Heartbeat’s cardiac nurses, checking everything from their weight and cholesterol to blood pressure and BMI – before being sent a new challenge each week.Coronary heart disease is still the number one killer in the UK, with over 7m people living with the disease today.Wessex Heartbeat’s chief executive John Munro said: ‘Taking small steps each week means people will be far more likely to succeed in getting fitter and healthier.‘The feeling of achieving one goal can really motivate you to achieve the next and the group nature of ‘we’re all in this together’ will also be a real driver.’To find out more and register … [Read more...] about Challenge is trialled by heart charity
Pancake day is over, Valentine's Day too, which means the nation is now officially onto the 'what to give up for Lent' portion of the 2018 calendar.Lasting 40 days, the Christian tradition associated with fasting and abstinence started yesterday. The top thing to give up last year was chocolate, The Sun reported.For those not particularly religious, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) are challenging you to reconsider when and why you could give up chocolate.As part of their latest campaign, Dechox, they're urging people to abstain from chocolate for the month of March. The charity hopes to raise £1.2 million for cardiovascular research to fight heart disease.Chocolate might not seem such a big part of your diet to eradicate but wait until you hear the BHF's rules. Their campaign includes anything with cocoa in it so "chocolate sweets, treats, biscuits, ice cream, cake –even the chocolate sprinkles on your cappuccino are off limits" as they put it.Adrian Adams, Head of Mass … [Read more...] about Would you give up chocolate for a month to fight heart disease?
A Warwickshire charity that specialises in training people in life-saving skills has won a number of awards for their work. Last week West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) held their annual Long Service and Excellence Awards and eight members from the Warwickshire Hearts team were presented awards. Warwickshire Hearts was launched as a charity last year after existing as a joint project between Warwick District Community First Responders, Evelyn’s Gift and Waterside Medical Centre for three years. In addition to responding to emergency 999 calls locally, and working to improve local cardiac survival rates it has provided free CPR and defibrillator training across the district at schools, work places and community groups. Pc Neil Ward, who is also an active Community First Responder(CFR) member of Warwickshire Hearts, received a Chief Officer’s Commendation for his handling of three major incidents where he was first on scene in 2017. On a number of occasions Neil had to … [Read more...] about Members of Warwickshire Hearts charity win awards for their hard work
Story highlights Oats, salmon and dark leafy greens are just some of the most heart-healthy foods Nutritionists recommend eating a variety of healthy foods instead of focusing on a few (CNN)Keeping your heart healthy is about more than avoiding fast food and overly processed chow. You can also pump up your heart's health by choosing foods that will help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Which food groups have the most science behind their heart-healthy claims? Oats and barley The cell walls of oats and barley contain a special type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which has a host of benefits for human health. Studies show that it blunts the body's insulin response and boosts immunity, and it may be protective during radiation and chemotherapy. But its role in cholesterol reduction is what counts for heart health. Mediterranean diet may be more helpful than statins "Beta-glucans bind to bile acids and cholesterol in the … [Read more...] about 10 best foods for your heart
PUBLISHED: 08:42 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:43 23 March 2018 Taz Ali King's Lynn GP Dr Antonia Moussakou will be taking on the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Picture: Courtesy of QEH Courtesy of QEH A GP will be swapping her stethoscope for a running vest and trainers to raise money for a good cause. Dr Antonia Moussakou will be taking on the London Landmarks Half Marathon on Sunday, March 25 to support Tommy’s, a charity which funds research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage. This is a cause which is close to the heart of Dr Moussakou, a GP at St James Medical Centre in King’s Lynn. Last year, Dr Moussakou had to take early maternity leave after she suffered some bleeding and went into early labour at just 34 weeks. She gave birth to baby Eleni in May last year. Dr Moussakou, who also has nine-year-old son Giovanni, is now juggling her busy life as a mum and GP with training for the 13 mile run around London’s most famous landmarks. She … [Read more...] about Norfolk GP takes on half marathon for charity close to her heart