Don’t Go Breaking My Heart: keep healthy this Valentine’s Day

A happy heart: look after your heart this February
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Matters of the heart are top of the list for many lovers this Valentine’s Day, but NHS 24 is asking people to take note of a slightly different issue this February 14 – their long-term heart health.

February is National Heart Month, and Scotland’s national health helpline is using the opportunity to remind people of the wealth of advice and information which is available on its website, www.nhsinform.co.uk.

The site offers a wealth of advice on how heart health, including an A-Z library which has dedicated sections that cover everything that affects the heart such as angina, heart disease and heart attacks.

There is also information how heart problems are diagnosed, the different ways they can be treated, and of course how to prevent heart issues in the first place.

As well as visiting the main website, people can also email enquiries about heart health to NHS 24’s team of health information advisors, as well as get up-to-the-minute information on local chemists, GP surgeries and dental practices in the country.

Dr George Crooks, the medical director of NHS 24, said: “Coronary heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer and around 300,000 people in the UK suffer a heart attack each year. By taking simple steps such as stopping smoking, following a balanced diet and being physically active, people can help prevent the onset of heart-related problems as well as lead an overall healthier lifestyle.

“This Valentine’s Day why not express your love for your partner or family member by encouraging them to visit www.nhsinform.com.uk for reliable health advice and information.

“People affected by heart conditions and their families can also use the website to search for support groups in their area using the Scottish Support Groups Directory.”

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