Give your heart some love this Valentine’s Day

People in Chorley and South Ribble are being encouraged to give their hearts some love this Valentine’s Day, 14 February. The plea comes from NHS Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group as latest statistics show that there are 4,731 expected cases of people in Chorley and South Ribble living with Atrial Fibrillation  – a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate*.

Arrhythmias or heart rhythm problems are experienced by more than 2 million people a year in the UK**. Most people with an abnormal heart rhythm can lead a normal life if it is properly diagnosed.

An irregular pulse could be a sign that a person has an abnormal heart rhythm. AF is one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm and a major cause of stroke which is why checking the pulse regularly is so important.

Heart and circulatory diseases now cause more than a quarter (27 per cent) of all deaths in the UK; that's nearly 170,000 deaths each year - an average of 460 people each day or one death every three minutes***.

Symptoms of heart disease are varied and depend on what type people have. They can include:

  • chest pains
  • shortness of breath
  • fainting
  • numbness in your legs
  • breathlessness.

Dr Lindsey Dickinson, Chair and Clinical Leader, Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Valentine’s Day is an ideal time to make a start for a healthy heart. AF, or irregular heartbeat, is a serious heart condition which could lead to a stroke if left untreated. Sometimes, AF doesn't cause any symptoms and some people can be completely unaware that their heart rate isn't regular. So, we would urge everyone to get into the habit of checking their pulse regularly. 

The best way to maintain good heart health is to lead a healthy lifestyle. This doesn’t mean making drastic changes, adding more fruit into your diet, or taking a walk every evening, can make a huge difference.”

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