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How healthy is your heart? 

We’ve waved farewell to Dry January, Veganary and, of course, our New Year Resolutions (let’s be honest all those good intentions went in a matter of days).

So what now?

Well, February brings an opportunity to build on the hard work and benefits of last month by doing more good stuff – with a focus on your heart.  Traditionally, February had been the National Heart Month in the UK and driven by the British Heart Foundation.

It still Heart Month in the USA, while Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – when it is all about hearts!

But the purpose of the campaign was to make us all stop and think about our lifestyles and the impact this has on the heart and the wider effects of heart disease.

There are some seriously scary statistics about the effect of heart disease – and these are in the UK alone.

  • Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is one of the UK’s leading causes of death.
  • It is also the leading cause of death worldwide.
  • In the UK, one in seven men and one in eleven women die from coronary heart disease.
  • CHD is responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 190 people each day, or one death around every eight minutes.
  • Most deaths from coronary heart disease are caused by a heart attack.
  • The annual cost of healthcare for cardiovascular disease in the UK is £9 billion

There are also many other issues that can cause CHD or at least lead to heart conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. A poor lifestyle can also have a major impact.

However, it shouldn’t need the campaign to make us all aware when you see statistics like these.

We can manage our diet to lower cholesterol, being mindful of what we eat and drink, both of which have a real impact on the heart’s ability to function. We can increase our fitness – 39% of adults do not meet physical activity recommendations.

It is about choices.

Filtur.com is also about healthy living too. There are products that can assist with having a healthy lifestyle from items for a healthy heart, cholesterol tablets and supplements that can boost the more active. Of course, we always recommend seeking medical opinion first.

Rather than dwelling on the negative, we must remind ourselves that the heart is a truly amazing muscle, so we’d thought we’d end on a light note with some fun facts about the heart.

The average heart is the size of a fist in an adult.

Your heart will beat about 115,000 times each day.

Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day.

The human heart weighs less than one pound. However, a man’s heart, on average, is 2 ounces heavier than a woman’s heart.

Laughing is good for your heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system.

 CVD STA

Take a look at the Filtur price comparison for heart health products here

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