Top tips for a healthy heart

There are lots of ways to keep healthy.

The following top tips focus on ways to keep your heart healthy, and apply to everyone, whether you have cardiomyopathy or not. 

  • Healthy eating - a balanced diet can help you to keep a healthy weight, reduce your risk of developing coronary artery disease and reduce the workload on your heart.
    Read about healthy eating from the NHS (opens new window).
  • Minimise salt - minimising salt can help you reduce water retention and reduce the workload on your heart.
    Read more about the effects of salt and how to reduce it in your diet from NHS Choices (opens new window).
  • Minimise alcohol - minimising alcohol can help you lower your heart rate and blood pressure, which helps your heart to function.
    Read the UK Chief Medical Officers' guidelines for alcohol (opens new window).
  • Stopping smoking - stopping smoking is one of the most important actions you can take to help your heart.
    Read more from NHS Choices (opens new window).

Look at our pages on the different types of cardiomyopathy for more specific information about managing your condition.

More information about living well and keeping healthy can be found on the NHS Choices website (opens new window) and the Change4Life programme (opens new window)

 

 

Read more about how lifestyle management can help manage cardiomyopathy.