The BEAT code
Do more to beat heart disease by following
the simple BEAT code.
Regular physical activity can help
keep your heart healthy. Aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate
intensity activity a day, on at least five days a week. You
don't have to don lycra or run a marathon - walking, swimming and
taking the stairs all count.
Healthy eating can
help reduce your risk of heart disease. We're all allowed a
little of what we fancy, but try to cut down on saturated fats,
salt and alcohol. For top marks, eat at least five portions of
fruit and veg a day, oily fish once a week and go for the
Smoking can damage the heart and
smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared
with people who have never smoked. If you want to live a longer and
healthier life, stopping smoking is the single most important thing
you can do.
Take out a free subscription to Heart Matters
There are other factors that affect your heart health, like
weight, body shape and more. Find out how you measure up and what
steps you can take to look after your heart every month in our
Heart Matters magazine by signing
up to our free Heart Matters
Or if you would like to speak to someone about being heart
healthy, you can phone our Heart Matters
Helpline on 0300 330 3300.