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London Private Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic

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February 14th 2017

Healthy heart, healthy life

Healthy heart, healthy life7 million people in the UK fight daily battles with Cardio Vascular Disease (source:

If you’re concerned about your  heart health and want to stay healthy, our consultant cardiologist, Dr Oliver Segal, summarises some simple steps you can take for maintaining a healthy heart:

Improve your diet

A healthy diet can help to reduce the symptoms of many heart conditions including heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Try to fill up on fruit and vegetables to get the most nutrition for a healthy heart.

Quit smoking

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your heart as it dramatically reduces your risk of a variety of heart conditions. In addition to helping your heart you’ll be improving your general quality of life, reduce your cancer risk and help your lungs. You’ll save money too!

Exercise regularly

Regular exercise is an important way to lower your risk of heart disease. By exercising for as little as 30 minutes most days, you can lose weight and lower your blood pressure which will help to keep your heart healthy.

Eat more fish

Findings suggest that unsaturated fats in fish can help protect against abnormal heart rhythms, making fish a valuable choice for a heart healthy diet.

Switch your choice of chocolate

Making the simple switch from milk chocolate to dark chocolate can help you to protect your heart. Studies show that, unlike milk chocolate, dark chocolate can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.

Limit your alcohol intake

Everyone enjoys a drink from time to time but as a diuretic, alcohol will make you urinate more frequently which increases the risk of dehydration. Alcohol can also dilate blood vessels which may lower your blood pressure, putting more strain on your heart. Alcohol is the most potent trigger of atrial fibrillation, the commonest heart rhythm disorder.

Avoid salty food

Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure which can increase your heart disease. Ideally you need to limit your salt intake to less than 2.4 grams per day, which means reading food labels closely and limiting the amount of additional salt you add to your food.

Get tested for Diabetes

It’s important to know if you are diabetic as, is left untreated, diabetes can damage your artery walls and contribute to heart disease.

Find ways to enjoy staying fit

Staying fit and healthy is a great way to keep your heart healthy and a great way to stay motivated with exercising is to choose activities that combine exercise and socialising such as Pilates, yoga, dancing or cycling.

Dr Oliver Segal trained in cardiac electrophysiology and devices at St. Mary’s and St. George’s Hospitals in London. In 2004 he won 1st prize in the Heart Rhythm Society Young Investigator Award for clinical research in San Francisco. He is a Consultant Cardiologist at The Heart Hospital, UCLH, London, and part of The Harley Street Clinic.

Get Screened

The Harley Street Clinic have a number of diagnostic screening services and non-invasive cardiac tests looking out for any abnormalities or rhythmic disorders related to your heart. Appointments are made to your schedule and in many cases results are obtained on the same day – even for multiple investigations.

Contact our Cardiac & Respiratory Diagnostic Centre to book your appointment or call: 20 7034 8713

Healthy heart, healthy life