British Heart Foundation Awareness Week








British Heart Awareness Week

Pauline is doing a 5 mile walk on the 5th October in aid of the British Heart Foundation Awareness Week. She has already had a great deal of support from our practice members.

We at the West Sussex Chiropractic Clinic are also supporting the British Heart Foundation Awareness Week by offering a 50% discount on the first appointment (usually £120). This is only for the 4th and 5th October.

So let us together help as many people as we can. It is a WIN WIN WIN for health.

Keeping your heart healthy, whatever your age, is the most important thing you can do to help prevent and manage heart disease.

By looking into your lifestyle The British Heart Foundation says the best way to understand lifestyle is to think of your habits in groups.

  • What do you eat?

Your diet and the chemical nutrition you feed your body.

  • How much do you exercise?

How much time do you invest in movement and physical exercise.

  • How you think?

How do you react to stress in your work and social life.

From a Chiropractic point of view:

When we think of heart problems we generally don’t think about seeking a chiropractor.

Chiropractic does more than just treat pain; by adjusting the spine and improving the way the brain communicates with the body, it can improve the functioning, health and wellbeing of the whole individual.

West Sussex Chiropractic supports the British Heart Foundation quest to improve the health and wellbeing of the British public.

Our community workshops cover the basics of Diet and Nutrition, how to achieve the best form your exercise regime and tips for positive mental attitudes.

 These workshops are FREE and open to our practice members and the public.

Call 01293 510 210 to find out more information on the next Workshop topic and to reserve your seat.

So send this to your friends and family with our BOOK AN APPOINTMENT NOW OPTION.

Also our chiropractors; Dr Luke Mulvihill and Dr Danny Scahill are donating 10% of these New Patient takings to the BHF.


We have already done a Blog about how berries can dramatically reduce heart disease.


The British Heart Foundation also says:


A balanced diet

Healthy kebab - British Heart Foundation

The best way to understand it is to think of foods in food groups.

Everyone should aim for a well balanced diet. Faddy crash diets may not provide the balance of nutrients you need.

Try to eat:

  • plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • only a small amount of foods and drinks high in fats and/or sugar.

Choose options that are lower in fat, salt and sugar whenever you can.

Fruit and vegetables

A well-balanced diet should include at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Try to vary the types of fruit and veg you eat. They can be fresh, frozen, dried or tinned. Pure unsweetened fruit juice, pulses and beans count as a portion, but they only make up a maximum of one of your five a day, however much you eat in one day.

A portion is about a handful (80g or 3oz), for example:

  • 4 broccoli florets
  • 1 pear
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of carrots
  • 7-8 strawberries

Sign up to our free service Heart Matters where you can access our portion finder to find out what makes up a portion of other fruits and vegetables.


To help look after your heart health it is important to keep an eye on how much fat you are eating as well as making sure you choose the right type of fats.

So to help keep your heart healthy:

  • Cut right down on saturated fats
  • Replace saturated fats with small amounts of mono and polyunsaturated fats
  • Reduce the overall amount of fat you eat
  • Cut down on foods containing trans fats.

It’s also important to remember that all fats and oils are high in calories, so even the unsaturated fats should only be used in small amounts.

Saturated fat

Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Unsaturated fats

Unsaturated fats, which can be monounsaturated fats (for example olive oil, rapeseed oil, almonds, unsalted cashews and avocado) or polyunsaturated fats (including sunflower oil and vegetable oil, walnuts and sunflower seeds), are a healthier choice.

Omega-3 fats are a particular type of polyunsaturated fat, usually found in oily fish, that can help protect heart health. Try to have at least one portion of oily fish a week eg. fresh tuna, fresh or tinned salmon, sardines, pilchards and mackeral. If you have had a heart attack, aim for two to three portions a week.

EverYone needs to supplement a good quality fish oil daily.

Trans fats

Another type of fat, known as trans fat, can also raise the amount of cholesterol in the blood.


Eating too much salt can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Want to cook healthily?

Our exclusive Heart Healthy everyday British cookbook contains tasty recipes for food lovers that are guaranteed to inspire a well-balanced diet.


If you drink alcohol, it’s important to keep within the recommended guidelines – whether you drink every day, once or twice a week or just occasionally.

From a Chiropractic point of view:

When heart problems lead to increased blood pressure people never really think about seeking a chiropractor.
When people generally think of visiting a chiropractor, it’s usually to seek relief for back pain or neck pain. Chiropractic does more than just treat pain; by adjusting the spine and improving the way the brain communicates with the body, this can improve the functioning of the nervous system.
A number of scientific studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments lower blood pressure:
In 2007 at the University of Chicago Hypertension Centre medical doctors and chiropractors conducted a study (1) of a group of patients with high blood pressure. The patients were split up into two groups with the first group of adults receiving a course of chiropractic adjustments to their neck. The second group was given a fake/sham (placebo) chiropractic adjustment. 8 weeks after undergoing the procedure the 25 patients who had received the chiropractic adjustment had significantly lower blood pressure than the 25 similar patients who had received the sham adjustment with no side effects.
The study tracked the effectiveness of adjustment to the Atlas Vertebra, also known as C-1. The Atlas vertebra is the uppermost vertebra in the body and holds the head up. ref:  United Chiropractic Association
(1)“Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study”–Journal of Human Hypertension (2007) 21, 347-352 doi:10.1038/sj.jhh. 100213


Photo kindly provided by By Jomphong, published on 12 July 2012 Stock Photo – image ID: 10092116
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  1. Dr Tammy Cashion says:

    Ty for this valuable information, it is most appreciated!