How to show your heart some love this Valentine’s Day

Show your heart some love this Valentine’s Day

We spend Valentine’s Day showing how much we care for loved ones, so why not show your own heart some love? Our Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Konrad Grosser, has some advice on how to look after your heart health.

How can I look after my heart health?

Have a screening with your GP. If you’re identified as high cardiac risk, they can refer you to a specialist at Benenden Hospital for a scan of your heart and coronary arteries.

Why should you look after your heart?

Prevention is key, especially if there is a history of someone in your extended family who has suffered a sudden and unexpected death. Often simple measures can reduce risk.

What happens if you don’t look after your heart?

Generally speaking, an unhealthy lifestyle increases your risk of a heart attack and, subsequently, heart failure. A healthier lifestyle will make you feel a lot better and helps to support a healthy body.

What exercise is good for my heart?

Any exercise you can do while holding a conversation, albeit in short sentences, should be fine. If it doesn't feel right - don't do it.

What food/diet can help me look after my heart?

The most important aspect is a balanced diet. Special attention to oily fish, vitamins, magnesium (if you have high blood pressure) and selenium (especially if you take statins) is highly recommended.

Can an MRI detect a heart problem?

“A cardiac MRI scan can assess your heart function and coronary circulation as well as your heart valves and greater vessels. It’s a very good test, which doesn’t use radiation.”

From heart monitoring to angiograms and MRI scans, we can help you get on top of your heart health with our range of tests and scans. It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your consultant or give us a call on 01580 230 661.

If you’re concerned, or would like some advice, speak to your GP or book one that fits around you through our private GP Service.

Published on 05 February 2020