BMI The Garden Hospital, in Hendon, will be taking part in the British Heart Foundation’s National Wear Red Day on Friday 25 February by offering free ECG (electrocardiograph) heart readings to the local community.
ECG’s are a non-invasive procedure that capture the electrical activity of the heart on a graph and can help identify a wide variety of heart diseases.
The free drop-in service will be available to the local community between 9am and 5pm on Friday 25 February 2011.
Also on the day visitors will be able to purchase cakes baked by members of the hospital team and bakeries from the local community while staff members will be donating money to The British Foundation and wearing items of red clothing to raise awareness for the campaign.
The purpose of the day is to raiseawareness and funds to combat cardiovascular disease, the biggest cause of death in the UK.
Diseases of the heart and circulatory system account for almost 200,000 deaths every year, with 1 in 5 men and 1 in 7 women dying from heart disease every year in the UK.
Consultant Cardiologist Mr Joseph Davar at The Garden Hospital, commented: “Heart and circulatory diseases cause more than one in three of all deaths in the UK. That’s over 250 people everyday. There is no one underlying cause of heart disease, however, there are several risk factors that can increase your chance of developing heart disease. These include smoking, high blood pressure or cholesterol, being overweight or obese, a lack of regular exercise, diabetes, or having a family history. So, if you have any of these risk factors, I would encourage you to get yourself checked.
The Garden Hospital hopes that by supporting National Heart Month, staff and visitors will learn more about the steps they can take to cut the risk of heart disease. The hospital also aims to raise funds to help support patients, families and carers, as well as research into heart disease treatment and prevention.
The Garden Hospital’s Executive Director Kim McRaecomments, “We hope that our support of this campaign will help to raise awareness and understanding of this disease.”
Top Ten Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy:
- Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day - fresh, frozen, dried, canned, cooked or raw.
- Cut back on your total fat intake particularly saturated fats
- Eat at least 1 portion of oily fish a week
- Reduce your salt intake - use herbs to flavour your food instead
- Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink
- Exercise moderately for at least 30 minutes five times a week
- Start getting your children to eat well and be active
- Start reading and understanding nutritional information on food labels
- Quit smoking
- Ensure you eat breakfast - this will help you not to snack on sugary foods later in the day.