Tip of the Day: Guidelines for a Healthy Heart
- Stop smoking. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing a person can do to live longer. If you are a smoker, you are twice as likely to have a heart attack as a non-smoker.
- Cut down on salt. Too much salt can cause high blood pressure. Avoid foods like crisps, salted nuts, canned and packet soups and sauces, baked beans and canned vegetables, pork pies, pizzas and ready meals.
- Watch your diet. A healthy diet can help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, and can also help increase the chances of survival after a heart attack.
- Monitor your alcohol. Too much alcohol can damage the heart muscle, increase blood pressure and also lead to weight gain