Lifestyle impacts

Better choices today can have a big impact on your heart health. It’s never too late to make small changes and if you want to stop smoking, eat well, move more or drink less here are some great ideas to get you started.

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Lifestyle impacts

There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Check out the information below to learn more about the Lifestyle Changes you can make to keep your heart healthy.

The Main Causes of Heart Disease

1. High Blood Pressure

Know your numbers...

Having a healthy blood pressure is essential to maintaining a healthy heart.

More than three in ten people living in Humber, Coast and Vale are known to have high blood pressure (hypertension), a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.

What’s your blood pressure? Do you know your numbers? Next time you see your doctor or practice nurse, ask them to check.

1. High Blood Pressure


2. Smoking


3. High Cholesterol


4. Overweight


5. Diabetes


6. Inactivity


7. Alcohol


8. Diet


9. Stress


If you're aged 40-74 years old you may be eligible for a FREE NHS health check, click here for more information.


If you would like a health check please speak to your GP practice for more information.


Part of this check involves assessing your individual CVD risk and advising you how
to reduce it. 


Look after your heart...




30 minutes exercise a day keeps your heart healthy

The best way to maintain a healthy weight – and reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure – is to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise.

You should aim to complete at least 30 minutes of physical exercise on five or more days every week. Activities such as brisk walking, riding a bike, mowing the lawn and hiking count as physical exercise.

Regular exercise makes your heart and blood circulatory system more efficient, lowers your cholesterol level, and keeps your blood pressure at a healthy level.

If you're not regularly exercising at present, be sure to start slowly before building up intensity. Even 10 minutes at a time may offer some health benefits. Studies show that people who have achieved even a moderate level of fitness are much less likely to die early than those with a low fitness level.

The NHS has lots of information on improving and maintaining your fitness levels.


Mobile Apps

Let your smartphone do the talking

There are lots of helpful tools you can download to your smartphone to help with changing your lifestyle:

Humber Health Apps

There are thousands of apps to choose from and it can sometimes be a little bit difficult to figure out which ones you can trust to do a good job. NHS partners across Humber have therefore been working with a company called ORCHA (or if you’re feeling fancy, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications), to bring you - a library of reviewed health and care apps that can help you find the ones that will be best for you.

All of the apps on this website have been put through their paces: they’ve been tried, tested and independently reviewed by experts. The review process leaves no stone left unturned, so you can feel confident that you’re choosing the best app for your lifestyle. You can find specific apps relating to smoking, fitness and weight loss.

More useful apps

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