Hospital urges local population to be ‘heart aware’

SHERWOOD Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is urging the local population to be ‘heart aware’ and support the nation’s heart charity, The British Heart Foundation’ in their February campaigns – National Heart Month and National Wear Red Day, 25th February.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have rates of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, that are some of the highest in the world. Cardiovascular disease causes more deaths in the UK each year than any other single disease or condition.

The Foundation’s Mission is to play a leading role in the fight against disease of the heart and circulation, so it is no longer a major cause of disability and death.

“Cardiologists at King’s Mill Hospital have excellent facilities” says Consultant Cardiologist Dr Simon Beshir. “We can open blocked heart pipes by balloons and stents, if your heart goes too slow we can speed it up by a pacemaker, and we can also implant a small defibrillator under your skin to make sure your heart is not going too fast - but remember, you will then have a “refurbished” engine.

“It is much better to keep the original one in good shape, so fill it with the right stuff - eat good food, don’t drink much alcohol and don’t smoke. Also don’t let your heart ‘rust’ – try and exercise regularly. Doing all these things will ensure you only need a regular MOT and no major repair”.

If you want to know more or get involved with the British Heart Foundation’s work, visit their website www.bhf.org.uk