15 min­utes to a health­ier heart

Your heart is your body’s pow­er­house and keep­ing it healthy is vi­tal for your longevity. The good news is, it only takes a few min­utes a day to feed and ex­er­cise it to keep it fight­ing fit

YOURS (UK) - - Content - By Re­becca Speech­ley

Mak­ing a few small changes to your daily rou­tine could make a huge dif­fer­ence to your heart health. Ex­perts pre­dict that 80 per cent of heart at­tacks and strokes could be pre­vented if we spent more time look­ing af­ter our hearts. “It’s never too late,” says car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Ali Kha­vandi, a con­sul­tant at BMI Bath Clinic in Som­er­set and founder of www.car­di­ol­o­gist­skitchen.com. “Your risk of heart dis­ease re­sponds quickly to life­style changes and what­ever your age, you can see im­prove­ments in blood pres­sure and choles­terol within a few weeks with just a few sim­ple daily tweaks.” Your heart is the cen­tre of your car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem and re­spon­si­ble for just about every­thing that gives you life

– from trans­port­ing oxy­gen and nu­tri­ents to ev­ery cell to keep­ing your im­mune sys­tem fir­ing. It’s easy to take it for granted as many of the prob­lems that af­fect it, such as high blood pres­sure and high choles­terol, of­ten don’t have vis­i­ble symp­toms. This means that as many as seven mil­lion peo­ple in the UK have car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and one per­son dies from it ev­ery three min­utes, ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion. While there is a ge­netic link in heart dis­ease, stud­ies show it’s life­style rather than fam­ily his­tory that has the big­gest im­pact.

15 Min­utes to Great Health is our on­go­ing 2018 cam­paign, giv­ing fast and easy tweaks to your life­style and diet that can, when added to­gether, make a huge dif­fer­ence to your health and well­be­ing. If you have missed any of the pre­vi­ous parts, you can still join in! Or, if you would like to catch up on our ad­vice on healthy eat­ing, fit­ness, mood boost­ing, sleep­ing well and brain power, they’re all avail­able at www.yours.co.uk/health-and-well­be­ing/health/

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