Did you know that every year almost 10,000 Australians die of a heart attack? To put that into perspective that is one Australian life claimed every 53 minutes.
This week is National Heart Week, and this year the Heart Foundation is urging all Australians to learn the early warning signs of a heart attack. Not only could this save your life, but it could also save the life of someone you love. So, in the spirit of the week, what better a time is there to have a look at your own heart health, and to be proactive about keeping your ticker in tip top shape!
Here are some top tips for a healthy heart:
1. Stop smoking
Quitting is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease. If you need giving up smoking, speak to your GP or call Quitline on 131 848.
2. Eat a wide variety of nutritious foods
- Plenty of fruit, vegetables, high fibre wholegrain breads and cereals, moderate amounts of lean meats and low fat dairy food
- Eat fish twice a week; fish is high in omega-3 fats, which help to reduce the risk of heart disease
- Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol i.e. biscuits, cakes, pastries, pies, processed meats, fried foods, potato chips and crisps
- And drink plenty of water!
Our friendly Accredited Practising Dietitians can provide more information on the best diet for you to prevent or reduce the effects of heart disease. Why not give us a visit? Click here to see how else we can help you.
3. Be physically active
The Heart Foundation recommends that adults take part in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on all or most days of the week. No excuses! Make the effort to find an activity you enjoy, grab a friend to do it with, or simply get out there and walk. Not only will you feel better, but your heart will love you for it too!