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Healthy Living

Healthy Hearts

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

What is your heart age?

Your heart age is an easy way of seeing how your health and lifestyle may affect your heart. You can calculate your heart age by answering a few simple and quick questions on the app below.

 

What can you do?

Some risk factors are beyond your control, such as age, family history of heart disease and sex, however there are other aspects of your lifestyle that you can improve to lower your risk.

To reduce your heart age you can:

  • Quit smoking
  • Manage your weight
  • Lower your cholesterol level

There are many online resources available to help you manage this. The British Heart Foundation have a range of downloads including a series on how you can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Visit the British Heart Foundation website here (Opens in a new window)

How we can help

Making a lifestyle change like this can be daunting, but you don't have to go it alone. You can either make an appointment with your GP to discuss your concerns or alternatively you can contact the Connect Well Hull service.

More information on Connect Well Hull here.

Healthy Blood Pressure

What is blood pressure?

As blood circulates around your body it pushes against the walls of your arteries. This 'pushing' is what is measured to determine your blood pressure.

Your blood pressure is made up of two numbers.

The first number is your systolic rate. This is a measurement of the pressure against the walls of your blood vessels and arteries when your heart contracts. If your blood pressure is 120 over 80 (120/80mmHg) then 120 is your systolic rate.

The second number is a measurement of the pressure when your heart relaxes. This is your diastolic rate. In this example 80 would be your diastolic rate.

How do I know if I have high blood pressure?

High blood pressure often has no symptoms so you may not know you have it unless you get checked by a medical professional (with the exception of very high blood pressure which does have symptoms).

If you are over 40, you can get a free NHS health check where they will measure your blood pressure as well as assess your risk of developing other common conditions. If you are concerned about your blood pressure and you haven't had your blood pressure checked recently, you can speak to your GP practice and make an appointment with a nurse.

What you can do to help yourself?

There are many factors that can contribute to having high blood pressure including genetics and age. There are also lifestyle factors that affect your blood pressure such as:

  • Reducing your salt intake
  • Increasing your physical activity
  • Stopping smoking
  • Reducing your alcohol intake
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

The Connect Well Hull service can help you to achieve your goals, and put you in touch with other services that may be able to help. Whether you're looking to stop smoking, manage your alcohol intake, or just get a little more active,

You can make an appointment with Connect Well Hull via –


More information on Connect Well here.

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