- Regular heart checks
See your doctor regularly for an assessment of your cardiovascular health.
- Know your numbers.
Become familiar with your cholesterol, blood pressure and waist girth (realistic long-term goals are 88cm for women and 102cm for men). These are all indicators of heart disease risk.
- Go smoke-free.
Smoking is one of the major risk factors of heart disease. If you stop smoking today, within one year you'll have halved your risk of heart disease. Avoid passive smoking too.
- Healthy eating
That means enjoying a wide variety of foods and making small positive and sustainable changes to your diet.
- Be active every day
Do at least 30 minutes of activity a day. This can be in 10-minute bursts and as simple as walking.
- Central chest pain — common, but not always present in women.
- Severe pain into the jaw, neck, shoulder. Tingling down one side of the body.
- Extreme sense of fatigue. Not just feeling bit tired, but a bone-numbing sense of absolute exhaustion.