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Heart disease (also known as coronary disease or ischaemic heart disease) is the most common type of heart problem in the UK. It is a serious condition which is caused when the arteries around the heart become blocked or narrowed, which means the heart has to pump much harder to get enough blood.
The most common symptoms of heart disease are angina (chest pains), feeling breathless, heart attacks and heart failure. Many people who have a coronary condition may not realise they have it until they have a heart attack or begin to feel chest pains.
Health and lifestyle factors can have a large bearing on the risk of heart disease. You can reduce your risk by:
- eating a healthy, balanced diet and avoiding too much fatty and sugary food
- being physically active
- giving up smoking
To learn more about heart disease and its treatment, or if you have any concerns about your heart, speak to your GP.
One You Westminster and One You Kensington and Chelsea aim to help you get back to a healthier you, supporting you to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life. Providing stop smoking and cardiovascular services, Man vs Fat football clubs, as well as One You clubs enabling you to come together through healthy activities and helping you make healthy lifestyle choices.
Find out more about the service by calling on 020 3434 2500.
The NHS website provides information on heart disease and treatment.
Heart UK offer advice to people on heart disease, particularly in relation to high cholesterol and an unhealthy diets.
The Arrhythmia Alliance works to improve the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for all those affected by irregular heart beats.