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How to look after your heart health

The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime and as soon as something goes wrong, it can affect the way your body functions. Heart disease can affect anyone at any age, that’s why it’s important to look after your heart.

The best way look after your heart is with a healthy lifestyle. This means that you have to be smoke-free, active and get enough sleep.

How to keep your heart healthy:

  • Manage your blood cholesterol
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Manage diabetes
  • Be physically active and get enough exercise
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat healthy for a healthy heart by eating less salt, replacing unhealthy fats with healthy fats and limit alcohol intake.
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Visit your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure and chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back
  • Fluttering in your chest
  • Racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting (syncope) or near fainting
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