February marks National Heart Month to raise awareness of the UK's biggest killer - cardiovascular disease.
Statistics show that every year a shocking 65,000 women in the UK suffer a heart attack and women are three times more likely to die from heart disease than from breast cancer. However, experts say that there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing heart problems.
Regular Eye ChecksHaving regular eye checks can help detect serious health conditions like high blood pressure or high cholesterol, which can both lead to heart disease. These conditions can be detected early by examining the tissue and blood vessels at the back of the eyes, through a digital retinal photograph.
Stress LessStress can increase your risk for heart disease. Lower your stress levels with some simple techniques - music can have a calming influence on our brains, so play something soothing as you get ready for the day.
Manage your Cholesterol LevelsEat a more plant-based diet, choosing proteins such as beans/lentils/pulses instead of animal products. Swap white rice, pasta and potatoes for whole grains such as brown rice, millet, oats, quinoa and buckwheat. Eat plenty of vegetables.
Watch your WaistBeing overweight increases your risk of developing heart disease. The ideal waistline for women is under 31.5 inches. To whittle that waist, you should eat a healthy diet and should do150 minutes of exercise a week.
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