A recent British Heart Foundation study has revealed that, while one third of people are worried about getting dementia or cancer, only 2% are afraid of coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer. It is estimated that coronary heart disease is responsible for about 74,000 deaths in the UK each year but, despite it being an incredibly vital organ within the body, only one in 10 adults know how to look after their heart.
While coronary heart disease can be entirely preventable, many people are unaware of the risk factors associated with the disease and this can result in the condition becoming critical, with devastating consequences. The charity emphasised the importance of awareness and has issued further guidance to the public on how to prevent heart disease. Most of these preventative measures are within most people’s own control and include ensuring that a healthy weight and lifestyle is maintained, reducing the level of saturated fat and salt intake in our diets and giving up smoking.