Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of adults after cancer and is a common reason for premature death.
Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels. CVD is one of the main causes of disability and is the biggest killer of adults after cancer.
Over recent decades much has already been achieved in reducing the number of people dying from these conditions but many people still experience a reduced quality of life as a result or die prematurely.
Making positive lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of developing heart disease and related problems.
- Eating a low-fat, high-fibre healthy diet that includes at least five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables per day and reducing the levels of salt;
- Being active, including doing some vigorous exercise every week;
- Maintaining a healthy weight;
- Not smoking; and
- Drinking alcohol in moderation.
NHS Health Check
One You - because there is only one you
Modern life makes it hard to be healthy. The good news is we can fight back. One You is here to help you get back to a healthier you. Making small changes now can improve your health right away and double your chances of staying healthy as you get older. It's never too late to start. You can find local services here.
Healthy Hearts Initiative
The aim of the Healthy Hearts initiative is to reduce the impact of heart disease and diabetes and prevent the number of heart-related illness, including heart attacks, every year across North Yorkshire. For more information you can view the Humber Coast and Vale site or the West Yorkshire and Harrogate site.
There are four main types of CVD:
- coronary heart disease (CHD);
- strokes and TIAS or mini-strokes;
- peripheral arterial disease; and
- aortic disease.
These can often largely be prevented with a healthy lifestyle.
Additional information from the NHS
- Cardiovascular disease
- Coronary heart disease
- Healthy hearts
- NHS Health Check
- Heart age calculator
How healthy is your heart? Use this tool to find out if your heart age is higher or lower than your actual age.