World Heart Day, Tuesday, 29th September 2015
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).
This World Heart Day, our focus is on creating heart-healthy environments. By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play, World Heart Day encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk, and promotes a heart-healthy planet for those around us.
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 or over time. 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.
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.
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.
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 are 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. Our 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 we have helped to transform the landscape of heart disease.
To see more of the British Heart Foundation’s work and events please visit:
This directory is for everyone who lives and works in and around Bracknell. 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 events are provided in your local community, you can find all the information and advice in one place.
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:
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 providing regular and substantial care for someone then you may be eligible for support from Bracknell Forest Council.
For more information call the Carers UK’s Carers Line on 0808 808 7777, visit www.carersuk.org or contact Bracknell Forest Council Adult Social Care on 01344 351500 or visit www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/carers or www.carers.org/role-carer
Interested in improving the quality of life for yourself or others?
What will HealthMakers gain?
- Acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes for good health and wellbeing in their condition.
- Opportunities to influence health services and improve patient care.
- Meeting and working alongside others who are also keen to make a difference.
- Opportunities to raise the patient voice within the Clinical Commissioning Group.
- Listening skills and ability to learn from others.
- To inspire and be inspired.
- Create and participate in strong local networks / groups around their condition and train others to do so.
- Make a strong and local difference and improve health outcomes for others.
- Reduce the need for medication and hospital admissions.
- Evidence of team building/counselling and leadership for their CVs.
- Certificates will be provided which can be used to support continued professional development.