World Heart Day takes place on 29th September every year and is the world’s biggest platform for raising awareness about heart health and cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.
Poor dental health can cause big problems to your overall physical health. Problems that can be brought on or made worse are heart and lung disease. If you have gum disease, you are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease than people who don’t have gum disease. This is because bacteria from a mouth with gum disease can get into the bloodstream. The bacteria produce protein which affects the heart by making blood platelets stick together in the blood vessels of the heart. This makes clots more likely, reducing normal blood flow. In extreme cases this can cause a heart attack.
This year’s World Heart Day is focusing on a set of promises to eat well and drink wisely, get more active and say no to smoking. By making just a few small changes to our lives, we can all live longer, better, more heart-healthy lives.
Promise to eat well and drink wisely
- Cut down on sugary beverages and fruit juices– choose water or unsweetened juices instead
- Swap sweet, sugary treats for fresh fruit as a healthy alternative
- Try to eat 5 portions (about a handful each) of fruit and veg a day
- Keep the amount of alcohol you drink within recommended guidelines
- Try to limit processed and prepackaged foods that are often high in salt, sugar and fat
- Make your own healthy school or work lunches at home
Promise to get more active
- Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity 5 times a week
- Or at least 75 minutes spread throughout the week of vigorous-intensity activity
- Playing, walking, housework, dancing – they all count!
- Be more active every day – take the stairs, walk or cycle instead of driving
- Exercise with friends and family – you’ll be more motivated and it’s more fun!
- Download an exercise app or use a pedometer to keep track of your progress
Promise to say no to smoking
- It’s the single best thing you do to improve your heart health
- Within 2 years of quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease is substantially reduced
- Within 15 years the risk of CVD returns to that of a non-smoker
- Exposure to secondhand smoke is also a cause of heart disease in non-smokers
- So by quitting (or not starting in the first place) you’ll not only improve your health but that of those around you
- If you’re having trouble stopping, ask for professional advice and ask your employer if they provide smoking-cessation services
Revive Dental Care welcomes new NHS patients to join us at our practices in Monton, Davyhulme, Bexley Square Salford and Ancoats.