Thousands of adults are at risk of cardiac disease just because they are not aware of the symptoms which precede any coronary heart disease.
A recent survey which was taken from 2000 subjects, the British Heart Foundation learnt that only 2% were afraid of developing CHD, in spite of Coronary Heart Disease being the single biggest killer in the UK.
9 out of 10 are under the misconception that Hypertension or blood pressure comes with symptoms. According to the British Heart Foundation, up to 7 million people could be walking around with undiagnosed high blood pressure or hypertension.
One in five people (19%) is unaware that smoking can cause CHD while one in three (34%) do not know that it can cause a stroke.
Almost 1 in 5 people (19%) surveyed didn’t know CHD can be caused by smoking, while more than 1 in 3 (34%) didn’t know it can cause a stroke.
50% Adults are unaware of the fact that having diabetes can increase the risk of CHD. 1 in ten adults admit that they know nothing about how to look after their hearts. A recent poll has revealed that thousands of UK adults are risking their heart healthy because they are unaware of the warning signs for coronary heart disease.
Coronary Heart Disease is the number killer in the UK and kills 73,000 people every year; it comes to one every seven minutes.
According to Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director of the BHF, “Your heart is the most vital organ in your body, but all too often we take it for granted. Despite being a largely preventable condition, coronary heart disease is still the UK’s single biggest killer, causing unnecessary heartache for thousands of families. By taking control of your heart health and following our top 10 tips this World Heart Day you can invest in and enjoy your future health and life.”
Today is World Heart Day and the British Heart Foundation is asking everyone to follow the list of 10 Tips,
- Quit smoking,
- Take a free NHS health checks if over 40,
- Keep weight under control
- Being active,
- Minimize salt intake
- Eating 5 a day
- Cutting saturated fat,
- Reading food labels,
- Not drinking too much
- Watching portion sizes.