RED was the theme of the day as NHS staff wore their heart on their sleeve in support of the British Heart Foundation’s National Wear Red Day today (Friday).
Decked out in punk rock outfits, red tops and red tights, staff from NHS Derbyshire County’s offices dressed up to back the nation’s favourite charity’s pledge to raise awareness of heart disease, which kills 183 people in Chesterfield every year.
Heart disease can affect anyone – the young and the old – and is the largest cause of death in the UK. Between 2008 and 2010 the disease was responsible for 520 deaths in the area, with 169 being caused by a heart attack.
Staff also took part in special sweepstake quizzes, devised by the British Heart Foundation. Any funds raised will be put aside to help further fund research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease.
Tony Morkane, associate director of public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “It’s never too late to tell people that they can strike back against heart disease. Simple changes to lifestyles, such as giving up smoking, exercising more regularly, cutting down on fat, eating fruit, vegetables and less salt can prevent, control or reverse the killer effects of the disease.
“During National Wear Red Day we’re also advising people to take advantage of new, free health MOTs which are GPs are offering to anyone aged between 40 and 74 – as these can pick up signs of fatal illnesses like heart disease early, aiding life-changing steps towards better heart health.”
Smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and a family history of heart disease can put an individual at greater risk.
Further information about practical steps to improve heart health can be found at www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Healthyhearts/Pages/Lifestylechanges.aspx.