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Call to people in Canterbury - protect your heart

User AvatarPosted by B B at 31/10/2012 10:58:06
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The NHS is raising awareness for World Heart Day, on 29 September 2012, of action people can take to protect their hearts.

Last year, 106 people under 75 in the district of Canterbury died from heart disease and stroke.

This is a rate of 61.9 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to the England average of 67.3.

Dr Mark Jones, Chair of Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “While it is good news that people in Canterbury are less likely than average to die young from heart disease and stroke, we would like to reduce premature deaths even further.

“As part of that, everyone aged between 40 and 74 is being offered an NHS Health Check. The check gives a picture of people’s individual risk of developing heart and kidney disease, stroke, and diabetes, so they can work together with their GPs to take action to reduce their risk if necessary.

“It is a rolling programme and everyone in the age group who has not already been diagnosed with one of these diseases will be sent an invitation by the NHS in the next five years. I would urge everybody invited for an NHS Health Check to take up the offer and improve their chances of leading a long and healthy life.”

Three simple steps to reduce the risk of heart disease are: take more exercise; switch to a healthier diet that is high in fruit and vegetables and low in sugar and salt; and stop smoking.

It is estimated that these lifestyle changes could reduce heart disease by as much as 80 per cent around the world.

The Healthy Club is a free, fun and interactive way for families in Kent to improve their health - visit www.healthyclub.nhs.uk to find out more.

Kent Community Health NHS Trustprovides services to help people to stop smoking, become more active or achieve a healthy weight. Please phone 0800 849 4444 or visit www.kentcht.nhs.uk for details.

To download details and maps of walks near you, visit the Explore Kent website.

Reducing stress and tackling anxiety and depression are also important ways to cut the risk of heart disease in men and women. Kent and Medway’s Live It Well website – www.liveitwell.org.uk – has advice and information on actions everyone can take to improve their mental health and wellbeing.