Caring for your Heart

Lucy's dad Ralph who past away 2008
Lucy's dad Ralph who past away 2008

February is National Heart Month supported by the British Heart Foundation, a charity Lucy has supported for some years now, due to her Dad Ralph passing away whilst out running  He was a super healthy guy who unfortunately never bothered the doctors and therefore never knew he had high cholesterol.  

Here are some tips to help you and your loved ones look after your heart.

1. Cut down on salt. Avoid foods like crisps, salted nuts, canned and packet soups and sauces, baked beans, and ready meals. Many breakfast cereals and breads that appear healthy also contain high levels of salt.

2. Get active. Keeping fit benefits your physical health and also improves your mental health and

wellbeing too, our wow guide (sale and also Altrincham) can give you plently of inspiration to get on

out there! Take a look at our Information and resource page to down load our PDF version or call the office for a copy on 0161 870 1136. 

3. Watch your diet. A healthy diet can not only help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, but can also help increase the chances of survival after a heart attack. Aim for a balanced diet, plenty fruit and vegetables, oily fish and starchy foods like wholegrain bread, pasta and rice.

4. Manage your weight. If you are overweight, start by making small changes to what you eat, try to become more active, park the car further away from the shop door, walk up the stairs don’t take the lift.

5. Your GP may recommend that you have your blood cholesterol levels tested if you:

  •        Have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, stroke or mini-stroke (TIA) or peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  •        Have a family history of early cardiovascular disease
  •        Have a close family member who has a cholesterol-related condition
  •        Are overweight
  •        Have high blood pressure, diabetes or a health condition that can increase cholesterol levels

6. Can you recognise the early signs of coronary heart disease. Tightness or discomfort in the chest, neck, arm or stomach which comes on when you exert yourself but goes away with rest may be the first sign of angina, which can lead to a heart attack if left untreated.

We hope you have found this interesting we are also raising awareness on our facebook site too please come along and like us at 

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home