National Heart Day on September 26

21 September 2010

Here’s a question: What do you think is the leading cause of death worldwide?
AIDS-related infections?

Actually it’s none of the above. The true undisputed killer on the planet is heart disease and stroke which accounts for just over 17 million deaths worldwide every single year.

That’s a truly terrifying statistic but, what is just as shocking is that an estimated 80 per cent of these deaths can be prevented if the main risk factors – tobacco, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and stress – are controlled.  

On September 26 it is World Heart Day, organised by the World Heart Federation, and this year the emphasis is on “Workplace Wellness” with lots of nuggets of advice being offered about what you, as an employer or employee, can do to improve your own and your colleague’s general health.

Sadly, however, for many people it won’t matter how fit and healthy they are, heart disease will at some point affect their health.

Here at Spire Bristol Hospital we recognise how daunting it is when you are told you have heart problems, which is why we recently pulled all our related services together under the banner of the “Heart Centre” and we are now a recognised national centre of excellence for heart surgery.

And, although we are a private healthcare provider, we work closely with the NHS and over the past 18 months or so have provided complex surgery for more than 250 NHS patients.

What’s more, we are always looking to innovative new technology to offer something extra to patients, and for that reason have invested in an extraordinary piece of kit called the angina trousers. Without getting too complicated these vibrating trousers are strapped to angina patients’ calves, thighs and buttocks and are inflated and deflated with each heartbeat, with remarkable results which reduce or remove the need for drugs or surgery.

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