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Live Well Suffolk is supporting Healthy Heart Month

February 10th, 2012

We are encouraging smokers across the county to think about the effect that smoking has on their hearts, as the British Heart Foundation launches their annual healthy heart appeal.

The charity’s “Red for Heart” campaign is seeking to raise public awareness of the range of heart-related illnesses, many of which are caused by the effects of long-term smoking. Our community health coaches have pledged to support the campaign and will be educating members of the public about the impact that smoking has on the heart during their regular stop smoking clinics.  

Statistically, smokers are twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack as non-smokers and they are at a higher risk of suffering from additional heart-related problems such as raised blood pressure and blood clots. However, the risk of having a heart attack lowers within eight hours of quitting and within 10 years, the risk is the same as a non-smoker.

As a result, we are urging those who are considering quitting smoking to sign up for our free stop smoking clinics which offer additional support and advice for those struggling to quit the habit.  

Tim Roberts, Director of Live Well Suffolk said: “Many people are aware of the dangers of smoking but assume that most of the health implications relate solely to your lungs. Unfortunately smoking can cause significant health issues relating to our hearts such as coronary heart disease and an increased risk of heart attack.”

“We would urge anyone who is thinking about giving up, to give us a call or sign up for our free stop-smoking clinics. Research shows that people are more than four times more likely to succeed in quitting if they are given the right advice and support.”

Live Well Suffolk is working hard to support individuals across the county who wish to quit smoking. Our new campaign, “1,000 smokers wanted” is aiming to encourage 1,000 people across the county to sign up for their free stop smoking clinics which take place acrossSuffolk.

Smoking kills three people every day inSuffolkand is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the county.

Live Well Suffolk currently offers a range of free regular stop smoking clinics across the county.

For more information about the clinics, or for details on how to sign up phone 01473 229292

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