Heart Disease

There are many different types of Heart Disease, including Coronary Artery Disease and Angina.

High blood pressure, stress and high cholesterol all increase your chances of developing heart disease and symptoms can include chest pain, numb arms or legs, breathlessness or a very fast heartbeat.

If untreated, heart disease can sometimes lead to heart failure, which will often cause shortness of breath, swollen feet and ankles or feeling unusually tired. Heart failure doesn’t mean your heart has stopped, just that it isn’t working as well as it should.

There are medications to help with heart disease and heart failure, but the best solution will often involve:

  • Losing weight
  • Stopping smoking
  • Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Eating healthily & limiting salt intake
  • Keeping active

Heart failure is often linked to kidney disease as the two systems work together. Careful monitoring is needed to treat the two conditions as the medication for each condition can affect the other.

The British Heart Foundation have a load of useful and practical advice on their website: www.bhf.org.uk.

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