Ramp up the red for British Heart Foundation

People are being urged to support the Ramp up the Red campaign

People are being urged to support the Ramp up the Red campaign

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People are being urged to ‘Ramp up the Red’ in support of a national campaign raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease.

NHS commissioners in Northamptonshire are supporting the national ‘Ramp up the Red’ campaign to increase awareness of coronary heart disease (CHD), which is the UK’s biggest killer.

It causes around 82,000 deaths each year, which is about one in five men and one in eight women.

Dr Peter Wilczynski of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Keeping your heart healthy is of vital importance for your long term health.

“Stick to a healthy, balanced diet, take regular exercise and be aware of the dangers around smoking, drinking, stress and high blood pressure, as these can all contribute to developing heart disease.”

Dr Darin Seiger of NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group said: “In the past couple of decades, deaths from CHD have nearly halved due to better treatments however it is still the UK’s biggest killer.

“We want to encourage everyone to get involved in the British Heart Foundation ‘Ramp up the Red’ campaign, and help raise awareness for people and families affected by heart disease.”

Ramp up the Red takes place on Friday (February 7) with friends, family or colleagues helping heart patients find new, better treatments in the fight against heart disease.

People can join in with the campaign in many ways, including wearing red clothes, using red make-up, having a red party or just doing anything with a red theme.

Anyone interested in taking part can sign up for a free fundraising pack at www.rampupthered.org.uk.

For more information or support on anything heart-related call the British Heart Foundation heart helpline on 0300 3303311.