Are you thinking about improving your heart health well here is some information to get started
- A heart healthy diet is a pattern of food you eat over days, weeks and months.
- Regular physical activity reduces your risk of having a heart attack or developing heart disease.
- Quitting smoking decreases your risk of heart attack and stroke almost straight away.
- Understanding and controlling cholesterol and blood pressure is key to your heart health.
What you eat, how much you move, whether you smoke and controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure are five things that can have a big impact on your heart.
Find out why they’re so important and get practical tips on living a heart healthy lifestyle.
Tips for eating a heart healthy diet
This style of eating is naturally low in saturated and trans fats, salt and added sugar. It’s rich in wholegrains, fibre, antioxidants and unsaturated fats.
Eat more fruit and vegetables
Swap to wholegrain
Make healthy fat choices
Use herbs and spices instead of salt
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that moves around your body in the blood. Your body produces cholesterol naturally, and it is also found in some foods. Cholesterol is essential for the normal functioning of your body.
There are two main types of cholesterol:
High-Density Lipoprotein: HDL or ‘good cholesterol’.
Low-Density Lipoprotein: LDL or ‘bad cholesterol’.
Get to know your dietary fats
Eat a heart healthy diet
Get to know your levels
If your doctor recommends medication, take as prescribed
For more tips and advice on managing your cholesterol, call the Heart Foundation Helpline on 13 11 12. All calls are answered by a qualified health professional.
Blood pressure that’s high over a long time is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. As you get older, the chances of having ongoing high blood pressure increases.
Minimise your salt intake
Know your numbers
See your doctor for a Heart Health Check
During a Heart Health Check, your doctor will assess your risk factors for heart disease, including your:
- Blood pressure
- Physical activity levels
- Medical and family history.