World Heart Day 2020: Knowing The Signs of CVD

In these unprecedented times, the Covid-19 pandemic has shone the light on various health conditions that in the everyday we wouldn’t perhaps be consciously aware of unless it had happened to us.

Celebrated annually on 29th September, World Heart Day sees leaders across the globe raise the awareness of non-communicable diseases in particular Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Which is the number 1 killer globally.

The causes and conditions for cardiovascular disease vary, but by knowing the signs and choosing to live a healthier lifestyle we can help to prevent such health conditions.

If you have an underlying health condition, such as heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity, don’t let Covid-19 stop you attending your regular check-ups.

Did you know…..?

  • High blood glucose (blood sugar) can be indicative of diabetes. CVD accounts for the majority of deaths in people with diabetes so if it’s left undiagnosed and untreated it can put you at increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for CVD. It’s called the ‘silent killer’ because it usually has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don’t realize they have it.
  • High-Cholesterol is associated with around 4 million deaths per year. Visit your healthcare professional and ask them to measure your levels, as well as your weight and height which will calculate your body mass index (BMI). They will then be able to advise on your CVD risk so you can plan to improve your heart health.

Like the pandemic, the effects of a cardiovascular attack could happen to anyone. Dr Carol Ighofose (DHU Sessional GP) shares her story on the BHF website following a drive home from work.

 

For further support and links to identifying the warning signs for heart attacks, visit:

www.bhf.org.uk

www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/world-heart-day-2020/