30 minutes exercise a day keeps your heart healthy …
The best way of maintaining a healthy weight – and reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure - is to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise.
That means around 30 minutes of physical exercise on five or more days a week – things like: fast walking, riding a bike, mowing the lawn, hiking and much more.
Regular exercise makes your heart and blood circulatory system more efficient, lowers your cholesterol level, and keeps your blood pressure at a healthy level.
If you're doing no exercise now, start out slow. Even 10 minutes at a time may offer some health benefits. Studies show that people who have achieved even a moderate level of fitness are much less likely to die early than those with a low fitness level.
There’s lots of information about building up and maintaining your fitness on the “live well” pages at NHS Choices.
Heart Attack Campaign
NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched a Heart Attack campaign. The first NHS campaign of its kind, it raises awareness of the symptoms of a heart attack and encourages anyone experiencing these symptoms to dial 999.
What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack happens when there’s a sudden restriction in the heart’s blood supply.
What are the symptoms?
A heart attack can cause a variety of symptoms but most often:
Chest pain, a sensation of pressure, heaviness, tightness or squeezing across the chest.
A feeling of unease, like a panic attack.
Other symptoms may include pain spreading through the arms, jaw, neck, back or tummy, feeling lightheaded or dizzy, sweating, shortness of breath, feeling sick or being sick, coughing or wheezing.
Although the chest pain is often severe, some people may only experience minor pain, similar to indigestion. It’s important to act straight away.
What to do?
It’s never too early to call 999 and describe the symptoms.