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All you need to know about supporting your heart health

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Clean arteries

Too much cholesterol aided by excess sugar intake can lead to the build-up of atheroma in your arteries.

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Keep salt down

High salt consumption can lead to high blood pressure in some individuals, putting extra pressure on your heart.

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Regular physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Don’t smoke

Stopping smoking is a very effective step you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease.

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Don’t drink so much

Drinking over the recommended limits can damage your heart muscle.

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Learn to relax

Find positive ways to manage your stress, such as a long bath, listening to music or going for a walk.

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More about heart disease

Heart disease is the world’s number one killer, and includes heart attacks, heart valve disease, angina and heart failure. The good news is that a healthy lifestyle including sound diet and exercise is very effective at reducing the risk of heart disease.

One of the biggest risk factors for coronary heart disease is the development of small fatty lumps inside the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. These fatty lumps, known as atheroma, cause the blood vessels to narrow which forces the heart to beat faster to get enough oxygen from the reduced delivery of blood.

As these arteries become clogged up with atheroma, the normal flow of blood to the heart muscle is less efficient and the risks of angina, or a heart attack increase significantly.

All the risk factors for coronary heart disease can also lead to other cardiovascular diseases such as a stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and peripheral arterial disease.

There are some factors known to increase the risk of heart disease that we can’t change. These include being male, old age, ethnicity (being of Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and African Caribbean descent), early menopause in women and a family history of cardiovascular disease.

If you have any of these fixed risk factors go the extra mile to avoid lifestyle risk factors. For example, smoking is a much greater risk than the majority of fixed risk factors.

MegaRed is a new range of food supplements that contain omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA which are scientifically proven to support heart health.*

Find out more » * Contains EPA and DHA which contribute to the normal function of the heart. The beneficial effect for the heart is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of EPA and DHA.