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Pennine Lancashire CCGs ask - How heart smart are you?

As part of this year’s World Heart Day, a leading GP across Pennine Lancashire is asking people to learn how to love their heart.

World Heart Day which is celebrated every year on the 29th September is aimed at drawing people’s attention to heart illness and the range of associated heart health issues. The day is commemorated to promote different preventative steps and changes in lifestyle to avoid any cardiovascular diseases (CVD), like a heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. CVD has many causes: from smoking to diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and air pollution.

Dr David White, a GP in Burnley and the clinical lead for urgent care at Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: "In these trying times, it is paramount that we pay special attention to those who are at greater risk of complications from COVID-19 and better understand how the virus is affecting the hearts of otherwise healthy people. Today we have an opportunity to unite, educate ourselves and other people to mobilise our skills and to use our heart to act now."

COVID-19 has created a huge impact on heart health and three main factors are contributing to this. First, people with COVID-19 and heart disease are among those with the highest risk of death and severe complications. Second, the heart might be adversely affected by the virus even in people without pre-existing conditions. Finally, fear of the virus has led to a sharp decline in hospital visits by heart patients for routine and emergency care. 

On average, more than 17 million people die from heart-related illnesses every year. This is a more than that of people who die from HIV, malaria, and cancer. So, together we can use the power of information to transform the 1 in 10 lives that are being cut short prematurely as a direct result of CVD.

For further information on cardiovascular disease please visit the NHS UK website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/cardiovascular-disease/