Common Cardiac Conditions and How to Stay Heart-Healthy

Today in the UK 7.6 million people are living with a cardiac condition, some undiagnosed. (British Heart Foundation, 2023).

What are the common cardiac conditions?

In a fast-paced world, understanding and prioritising cardiac well-being is key to a long and vibrant life. At OneWelbeck, we comprehend the importance of identifying warning signs associated with common cardiac conditions and also recognise how to prevent them. 

Common symptoms

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue

  • Fast or uneven heartbeat

  • Swelling in the legs, ankles of feet

  • Nausea

  • Dizziness 

  • Sweating 

  • Fainting

How can I stay heart healthy?

  • Exercise at least 30 mins a day - Engage in regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, jogging, or cycling for at least 30 minutes a day, to help strengthen your heart, improve circulation, and maintain overall cardiovascular health.

  • Eat well - Adopt a heart-healthy diet rich in colourful vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. Prioritise foods known to lower cholesterol, such as oatmeal, nuts, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon. 

  • Reduce high salt and processed foods - Minimise the intake of high-sodium and processed foods, as excessive salt can contribute to high blood pressure. Opt for fresh, whole foods and use herbs and spices to season your meals instead of salt.

  • Manage stress - Incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily routine, such as mindfulness, meditation, or deep breathing exercises. Chronic stress can adversely affect your heart, so finding healthy ways to manage stress is crucial for overall well-being.

  • Moderate the vices – Cut down on or eliminate vices that can negatively impact your heart health. Quitting smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and being mindful of caffeine consumption contribute to a healthier cardiovascular system.

  • Maintain a healthy weight - Achieve and maintain a healthy weight by combining a balanced diet with regular exercise. This is vital for heart health and helps reduce the risk of obesity-related cardiovascular issues.

  • Get a good sleep - Prioritise quality sleep by establishing a consistent sleep routine and creating a conducive sleep environment. A good night's sleep is crucial for overall health, including heart health, as it allows the body to repair and regenerate.

Incorporating these lifestyle habits into your daily routine can significantly contribute to maintaining a healthy heart and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Expert Cardiologist advice

What should I do if I’m worried about my cardiac health?

If individuals experience any of these symptoms or have concerns about their heart health, seeking professional advice is paramount. At OneWelbeck, our dedicated Heart Health centre boasts a team of the UK’s foremost cardiology consultants, collectively possessing over 350 years of experience. From heart or blood monitoring services to surgical intervention, we offer comprehensive care. Patients can rest assured that they are in expert hands, benefiting from personalised care within our state-of-the-art cardiac unit.

Furthermore, OneWelbeck offers the unique advantage of live booking, enabling patients to schedule appointments with ease. With 13 consultants currently available through this innovative system, individuals have the opportunity to access expert advice promptly, ensuring timely assessments and interventions.

If you experience a sudden onset of any of these symptoms and they do not fade, call 999 immediately. For more information on symptoms which indicate you should call for emergency help, please see the NHS guidelines.

Get in touch

For more information on our cardiac services, call us on 020 3653 2005 or fill in the form below.

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