Lifestyle choices

It's never too late to make positive changes to how you live your day to day life. There are huge benefits to stopping smoking, being more active, limiting alcohol intake and eating more healthily.

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How can I reduce my risk of CVD?

There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Click on the icons below to learn more about the Lifestyle Changes you can make to keep your heart healthy.

Live well

Small and simple changes could make a huge difference! A healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent CVD. See below for more information.



Know your numbers!

Most people know their weight, but do you know what your blood pressure is? Or your cholesterol? The only way to find out is to get checked. See below for more information.




Dr Sam Finnekin 
GP from Sutton Coldfield

Personalised Care & shared decision making 

Discussing Personalised Care planning and how it can help you get the most out of your healthcare. Personalised care approach ensures that your preferences and values are incorporated into decisions about your health.



The Main Causes of Heart Disease

High blood pressure

Know your numbers …

Having a healthy blood pressure is essential to maintaining a healthy heart.

More than one in ten people living in Birmingham and Solihull are known to have high blood pressure (hypertension), a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.

What’s your blood pressure? Do you know your numbers? Next time you see your doctor or practice nurse, ask them to check.

High Blood Pressure

Having a healthy blood pressure is essential to maintaining a healthy heart....


Giving up smoking is the single biggest thing you can do to improve your...

High cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid and is vital for the normal functioning of the body. It's mainly made by the liver, but can also be found in some foods...


If you’d like free local support to help you lose weight...

Poorly controlled diabetes

People with diabetes have a higher chance of developing cardio...


Exercise is the miracle cure we've always had, but for too long we've neglected to take our recommended dose...

Too much alcohol

Drinking more than the recommended units of alcohol can have a harmful effect...

Unhealthy diet

We recommend eating a healthy, balanced, high-fibre diet...


Spotting the early signs of stress will also help prevent it getting...

If you're aged 40-74 years old you may be eligible for a
FREE NHS health check. Part of this check involves
assessing your individual CVD risk and advising you how
to reduce it. Ask your Dcotor to see if you are eligible. 


Look after your heart...




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?

  • Call 999 & describe the symptoms 

  • Give Aspirin (ideally 300mg) whilst waiting for ambulance

  • Keep the person calm

It’s never too early to call 999 and describe the symptoms.



Let your smartphone do the talking …

There are lots of helpful tools you can download to your smartphone to help with changing your lifestyle:


RevivR™ CPR Training

Learn to do CPR and use a defibrillator in just 15 minutes on your mobile phone or tablet. Many of us will witness a cardiac arrest in our lifetime. Be ready for that day.

Click here for further information.



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