Emma West-Eggar, Specialist Heart Failure Nurse at George Eliot Hospital, provides five top tips to kick start a healthier new you in 2019.
If you have over indulged on Turkey and trimmings, chocolates and champagne, the New Year is a great opportunity to tweak your lifestyle to find a healthier new you.
Emma advises that a few simple changes to your lifestyle could make a real difference for your heart and general health.
Emma’s shares five top tips, with useful NHS links to help get your start to achieve your goal.
Emma said: “January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions about physical activity and achieving a healthy weight can cut your chances of developing cardiovascular disease and can improve your heart’s health.
Making just a few adjustments to your lifestyle, which you can stick to, will help you develop a healthier you.”
Emma works within the cardiology team, supporting patients and their families or carers who have been diagnosed with Heart Failure. She and her cardiology nursing colleagues organise a free support group for patients who have heart conditions at the Phoenix Centre, Bermuda Village in Nuneaton.
You can find out more about the group including meeting dates on their dedicated web page. The 2019 sessions start on Wednesday 23rd January 2-3.30pm.
Patients, relatives and carers are invited to these informative events which talk about cardiac conditions and healthy living.
Free Parking is available at the Phoenix Centre (Bermuda Village, Nuneaton, CV10 7HU) which is just a five minute walk from the main hospital. Tea and Coffee is available for a minimal charge.
These free informal events allow plenty of time to chat, speak to specialist nurses and socialise with others with similar conditions.
Additional tips for those patients who have experienced heart failure:
· Weigh yourself daily and if you notice an increase in weight by 3-4 1bs (2kg) in 3-4 days contact your Heart Failure Nurse or GP.
· Unless directed otherwise limit your fluid intake to 2 litres a day or 7-8 mugs of fluid.
· Ensure you take your medications as prescribed and never run out of your tablets.
· If you notice any changes in symptoms contact you Heart Failure Nurse or GP.
· Please ensure you bring your Heart Failure Passport to every appointment.
· Ensure you have had your once only pneumonia vaccination and seasonal flu injection.
Emma advises any patients that have experienced heart failure to contact their GP if they experience shortness of breath, swelling of feet and legs, chronic lack of energy, swollen or tender abdomen with loss of appetite, cough with frothy sputum, increased urination at night or confusion and/or impaired memory.