Your heart health risks
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors
for heart disease. While diet, exercise and giving up smoking are
part of the story, you also need to watch out for diabetes and
other risk factors.
If you have a Indian background, you are more at risk of Type 2
diabetes than most of the UK
Prevent and manage diabetes
You can greatly reduce your risk of getting
diabetes by eating healthily, staying a
healthy weight and body shape, and doing regular physical
If you do have diabetes, it’s very important to make sure that
you control your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Download our booklet about
Diabetes and how it affects your heart.
If your father, mother, brother or sister developed
cardiovascular disease at a young age (under 65 for women or under
55 for men), you may be at an increased risk of developing it.
There's no single gene that increases your risk of getting heart
disease. It's likely that several genes are responsible, and
BHF-funded scientists are discovering more about how genes work all
Family habits can affect you too – so make sure you are
passing healthy habits onto your family members. You can’t
change your family's background or what has happened to them, but
you can choose your lifestyle which could affect your health.
Over 40? Get a health check
Also called a heart health
assessment or cardiovascular risk
assessment, a health check is an assessment carried
out by your GP or practice nurse to find out your risk of coronary
heart disease, and available to anyone over 40.
Based on your results, your GP or nurse
will advise you on what you can do to keep your heart healthy, and
consider treatment - such as medicine to protect your heart.
This information does not replace the advice that your
doctor or nurse may give you, but we hope it will provide you with
additional information and support.