Keep your ticker ticking over with Hammersmith and Fulham’s free services for healthier hearts

Residents are being offered free advice and support to help keep their hearts healthy.

The new Healthy Hearts service, funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, aims to improve the health of residents’ hearts and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The new service will offer those residents with a 10 per cent risk, or higher, of developing cardiovascular disease a range of activities to help them keep healthy and be more active.

“There are more than 16,000 residents in Hammersmith & Fulham at risk of getting some form of cardiovascular disease so it is really important we take action now to slash this number,” said Cllr Vivienne Lukey, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

“Those who are at higher risk, or have diabetes, will benefit hugely from the free support on offer.”

The Healthy Hearts programme will take place in numerous venues across H&F and be run by a range of health care professionals, including nurses, dieticians and specialists in physical activity.

Any local residents aged between 40 and 70 can get a free NHS health check from their GP, which can assess what level of risk you are at and refer you to the service if needed.

To see what likelihood you have of cardiovascular problems over the next 10 years, residents also can do a simple online test.

“Our free support is available through a range of services, including one to one support though our health heart planners,  free weight management courses and healthy cookery classes,” said Richard Crick of Healthy Hearts.

“We also offer support to stop smoking and free access to classes to help you improve your fitness and be more active.”

To find out more about Healthy Hearts and whether you maybe applicable for support check out the Healthy Hearts website, or call the team on 020 3434 2500.

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