Prevention of heart disease

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What does the prevention of heart disease mean?

Heart disease prevention is quite a challenging issue. Often people present with heart disease as their initial problem and you could argue that prevention is already too late.

Having a healthy balanced diet, getting regular exercise and not smoking is very important.

About prevention of heart disease

In this video, Dr Navin Chandra explains what you need to know about the prevention of heart disease.
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Supplementary information about heart disease prevention

Here, we’ve summarised the most important points about the prevention of heart disease

Heart disease prevention is quite a challenging issue. Often people present with heart disease as their initial problem and you could argue that prevention is already too late.

Risk factors to consider are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

These factors often don’t manifest with symptoms, and so it’s essential to address them early to prevent heart disease.

Addressing your diet and lifestyle earlier in life is crucial if you are to minimize your chance of developing heart disease.

A landmark health study undertaken in Caerphilly, Wales demonstrated clearly the impact of lifestyle habits on our health.

Compared to those with unhealthy lifestyles, adopting more healthy behaviours can reduce the risk by 35 – 70% of developing a chronic condition such as a heart attack, stroke, cancer or dementia.

The behaviours regarded as beneficial were:

  • Non-smoking
  • A low body weight or body-mass index (BMI) of 18-25
  • Regular exercise (30 minutes walking or equivalent, 5 days per week)
  • A low fat diet, combined with daily intake of 5 portions of fruit and vegetables
  • Moderate alcohol consumption

Diet – how to improve heart health

A good diet can benefit your heart in many different ways and the “Mediterranean” diet remains the cornerstone.

We can recommend specific diets for treating specific problems (eg high cholesterol, high blood pressure, coronary disease). The basic recommendations are to adopt the following in your diet:

  • “Whole” foods – not processed, eg grains that are intact and not ground or refined
  • High fibre – again usually non-processed foods eg plants to help lower cholesterol
  • Plant-based foods – a healthier source of nutrients than animal foods
  • Modest portions – reduce calories and glycaemic (sugar) load
  • Avoid fad diets focusing on one particular nutrient (eg low carb or high fat)
  • Generally, a plant-or fish-based diet, limiting red-meat to once every two weeks is recommended and relying on fruit, olive oil, fish, chicken, nuts and peas (legumes) as staples.

Exercise

Irrespective of whether you have diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol – exercise training is key to management and reducing risk of future problems.

In general it is recommended that patients with these risk factors perform at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week ideally spread over 3-5 days per week. An energy expenditure of 1000-2000 kcal per week should be achieved this way, and exercise should be completed by resistance training of major muscle groups two times per week at a moderate intensity.

However, to optimally manage these risk factors a more tailored exercise prescription is required. There are specific plans in terms of exercise type, intensity, frequency, volume for each condition which we would be able to discuss and prescribe with you in person.

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Typically, we’ll set you up to take specific tests that will give us the information we need to make an accurate assessment of your heart’s health and recommend a plan.

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Even more information about heart disease prevention

Video and blog posts to get you up to speed

Read more about heart disease

Educate yourself further about your heart health by reading the links below

To learn more about cardiovascular disease, including the causes and prevention techniques, click here.

The NHS has an informative write-up on cardiovascular diseases, which can be found here.

A great test that tells the myths and facts about your heart health can be found here.

If you would like an excellent overview of the symptoms of heart attacks, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about all the types of heart diseases, please click here for more information.

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About the cardiologists

The Many Beats team consists of not one, but four highly experienced consultant cardiologists

Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist

PhD FESC FACC

Navtej is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at the London Northwest NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London having qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London

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Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist

MD, MRCP, MBBS, BSc

Navin is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s in 2004...

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Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist

FRCP, MB BCh

Ahmed is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at Northwick Park Hospital and London North West Healthcare University Hospitals NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He completed his junior…

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Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Joban is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. His NHS practice is at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. He sees patients privately at Spire in Bushey and Bishops Wood Hospital in Northwood. He trained in medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ medical school and qualified in 2003 with numerous academic awards…

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