Information taken from: http://www.world-heart-federation.org/what-we-do/world-heart-day/about-world-heart-day
World Heart Day
World Heart Day takes place on 29 September every year and is a chance for people across the globe to take part in the world’s biggest intervention against cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Coronary Heart Disease
What should you know about coronary heart disease?
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) develops when the arteries supplying blood to and from your heart (the coronary arteries) become blocked with fatty substances. These fatty substances are made up of cholesterol and build up on artery walls.
If your arteries become partially blocked, it can lead to chest pain (Angina). This can range from mild to severe.
If your arteries become completely blocked, so that blood flow is completely restricted, you could suffer from a heart attack.
These can cause damage to the heart muscle, and in some cases, be fatal. Heart failure can occur when the heart becomes too weak to pump blood around the body. It can happen suddenly, because the heart muscle dies during a heart attack, or over time due to a variety of conditions. There are numerous lifestyle factors that can help you to successfully manage CHD, in order to prevent additional problems.
A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to improve yours.
Do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. One way to achieve this target is by doing 30 minutes of activity on five days a week. Fit it in where you can, such as by cycling to work.
The Activate Health scheme is a 12 week programme designed to introduce you to how regular physical activity can benefit you and your general health. For further information call 01344 355406.
Keep your heart healthy with Bracknell Forest Leisure. To see what’s on and where visit:
Give up smoking
Smoking is one of the main causes of coronary heart disease. A year after giving up, your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
For more information on quitting search ‘Smoke Free Berkshire’.
Tel: 0800 6226360, text QUIT to 66777 or visit: www.smokefreelifeberkshire.com
Manage your weight
Being overweight can increase your risk of heart disease. Stick to a well-balanced diet low in fat and high in fruit and vegetables, combined with plenty of physical activity. Download the 12-week weight loss plan: http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Losing-weight.aspx.
Bracknell Forest Council works in partnership with Slimming World to provide 12-week Community Weight Management Programmes. For further info call 01344 355218.
Ditch the salt
To maintain a healthy blood pressure, stop using salt at the table and try adding less to your cooking, or cut it out completely. You’ll soon get used to it. Also watch out for high salt levels in processed foods. Check the food labels – a food is high in salt if it has more than 1.5g salt (or 0.6g sodium) per 100g.
Get your 5 A DAY
Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Add dried fruit to breakfast cereal, and add vegetables to your pasta sauces and curries.
Eat oily fish
Eat oily fish twice a week. Fish such as mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna and salmon are an excellent source of omega-3 fats, which can help protect against heart disease.
Walk off stress
If you’re feeling under pressure, clear your mind with a walk. It will help put your ideas in order and reduce tension. If it’s a brisk walk, it will also count towards your daily activity.
Avoid Trans Fats
Trans fats (also called hydrogenated vegetable oils) are increasing the risk of heart disease greatly. They are in a lot of commercially produced fats and frequently made from palm oil. They are particularly in cakes, takeaways, biscuits, hard margarines and many other pre-produced foods. Always read the label.
Cut saturated fat
Small changes to your diet can have positive health benefits. Choose semi-skimmed over full-fat milk, leaner cuts of meat, and steam or grill foods rather than frying. Find out the facts about fat.
Drink less alcohol
Alcohol can be fattening. If you added three or four gin and tonics to your usual daily diet, you could put on nearly 2kg over four weeks.
Read the food label
When shopping, look at the food label on food packets to see what the product contains. Understanding what is in food will help you make healthier choices.
British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but we are leading
the fight against it. Their pioneering research has helped to transform the
lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.
The British Heart Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals wanting to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.
After half a century of extraordinary scientific and societal progress they have helped to transform the landscape of heart disease.
To see more of the British Heart Foundation’s work and events please visit:
Year of Self Care
The Year of Self Care is about helping our residents take control of their health in 2016. It is a chance for us to all get involved and achieve something amazing this year.
Each month there will be a different self care theme – you can see the list on the ‘Calendar’ page. For example, in February we’ll be sending out information and advice on mental well-being, while in June we’ll be focusing on carer well-being. Keep an eye of this webpage and our @BFC_Health twitter feed.
We want to get more people, organisations and business involved in Self Care. So, if you would like us to promote your event, service or initiative, just get in touch. It doesn’t have to fit with the theme of the month – we will get your information out there at any time!
Also, get in touch if you’d like our help to set up and run a self care related event or project – just ask. We are always happy to get involved and make it a success.
Bracknell Forest Self-Care Guide:
The Bracknell Forest Self-Care guide provides information, advice and links to services related to long-term conditions and lifestyle factors. Each chapter has a video which gives a summary of the key messages on each topic.
The Long-Term Conditions Guide gives you practical information and signposting to services to help you manage your condition. Guides can be found for; Arthritis, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Coronary Heart Disease, Dementia, Depression and anxiety, Diabetes, Falls, Hypertension and Stroke.
Lifestyle information is available on Alcohol, Diet and Nutrition, Physical Activity and Smoking.
All guides can be accessed through the Self-Care webpage:
This directory is for everyone who lives and works in and around Bracknell Forest. If you use adult social care, health care or other help and support services, if you fund your own support, or simply wish to find out more about what services and support are available in your local community, you can find all the information and advice in one place.
If you would like to find out about events and activities in the local community, you may also find the community directory helpful:
The Helping You Stay Independent Guide
The Helping You Stay Independent Guide lists activities, events and groups around Bracknell Forest that can support individuals to remain healthy and independent.
To view or download the Guide as a pdf please visit:
Did you know more than three million people in the UK work and also care for someone? Juggling work and care can be a challenge, but as a carer you have rights at work that can make this easier. There is support available to help you continue both working and caring. You have rights to request flexible working and to challenge decisions if you are not happy with the outcome. You may also have rights to various forms of time off. Your employer may offer other forms of support such as unpaid leave or telephone access to the person you are caring for during your working hours.
If you are an unpaid carer and appear to need support, you can ask for a carer’s assessment from Bracknell Forest Council to look at how you can be supported to carry on caring and look after your own wellbeing. The assessment will work out how you can be supported and whether you qualify for support from Bracknell Forest Council.
For more information:
- call the Carers UK’s Carers Line on 0808 808 7777 or visit carersuk.org
- contact Bracknell Forest Council Adult Social Care on 01344 351500 or visit bracknell-forest.gov.uk/carers
- visit the Carer’s Trust website carers.org
HealthMakers is a group of volunteers with long term health conditions living in Bracknell and Ascot who:
- Offer peer support to teach others how to manage their long term health conditions. So far our HealthMakers have made a difference to the lives of 50 people in Bracknell Forest
- Deliver training to help others become HealthMakers and make a difference
- Act as Patient Partners who work closely with local health services to improve patient care and quality of life
We know that patients with long term health conditions often face crisis with their health which can be frightening and can lead to a feeling of having lost control. We know that most patients want to have confidence in looking after themselves and in recognising the signs when they need help.
We are looking for people who want to make a difference for themselves and for others by becoming HealthMakers.
What will HealthMakers gain?
You’ll be trained in how to facilitate a self-management course and given all the content and knowledge needed to confidently deliver one, including:
- Goal setting,
- Anxiety management,
- How to facilitate a course,
- Public speaking,
- Problem solving, and
- Other optional modules
Once you’re trained, we’ll set your courses up so it fits with your availability but we do expect you to deliver at least two courses a year.
You’ll be able to claim expenses for your travel and any carer costs. If you’re a healthcare professional, we can cover any back fill costs and provide you with a certificate to evidence continued professional development (CPD).
We’re looking for people who:
- Have experienced living with a long term health condition
- Are willing to listen to and consider different view points
- Can provide constructive and ongoing feedback to others
- Can manage and plan your own time