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Bouncing With Health Charity

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alister
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Sep 2 2010

Bouncing With Health is an important initiative aimed at promoting the many health benefits of trampolining in particular relation to fighting the ongoing problem of child obesity.  Conceived by Trampled Underfoot Ltd, the UK’s leading supplier of family trampolines,  Bouncing With Health has the full backing of The British Heart Foundation, Britain’s foremost health charity.  Bouncing With Health has also enlisted the support of England cricket captain Andrew Strauss and England rugby captain Lewis Moody, two people who know a thing or two about fitness!

Not only is trampolining fun for children,  it is also a great way of keeping fit. As a heart and lung exercise it is 68% more efficient than jogging and its low impact nature means that it is great for building up bone and muscle in young children.

In 2010 it is estimated that 19% of boys and 22% of girls in England aged 2-15 are obese.

Over the coming months it is hoped that significant funds can be raised for The British Heart Foundation through the Bouncing With Health campaign.  Individuals,  groups and communities are being encouraged to arranged trampoline competitions, bounceathons and even attempt trampolining world records, with sponsorship proceeds all being donated to the British Heart Foundation to help fund their ongoing pioneering work into heart disease.

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British Heart Foundation Welcome Change in FA Treatment

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alister
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Aug 29 2008

The British Heart Foundation is welcoming the latest guidelines on the identification and management of people with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FA). This condition is inherited through family genes and leads to very high levels of harmful cholesterol, a major factor in heart problems.

High cholesterol levels are usually caused by poor diet and the way an individual produces cholesterol in their liver, but people with familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) have a lack of low-density lipoprotein receptors that remove cholesterol from the blood.  Children of a FH sufferer have a 50% risk of inheriting the problem from birth and this leads to the early development of hardening of the arteries.

Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, Professor Peter Weissberg, said -

‘We welcome this guideline which focuses on offering cascade screening to the families of those who are known to be affected by FH. Coupled with other screening programmes, it should help identify a large proportion of people with this inherited condition. These recommendations, if fully implemented, could make a life-saving difference to the thousands of families across the UK affected by FH’

Each year the British Heart Foundation commits over £60m to support cardiovascular studies. Through pioneering research, patient care and campaigning, the BHF support the sufferers of heart disease throughout the UK. They rely on your donations to continue their life-saving work, so we can help beat heart disease together.

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Further Research in ‘Aspirin a Day’ Theory says BHF

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alister
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Aug 29 2008

The British Heart Foundation is calling for further research into claims that everyone over 50 should take aspirin daily to help fight serious cardiac problems.

Current guidelines allow doctors to prescribe daily aspirin to patients who have already suffered from a heart attack or stroke, as it stops blood clots forming in the arteries of the heart or brain.

Previous studies suggested taking aspirin could cut the chance of having a heart attack by a third, and new research bolsters the view that blanket prescriptions could help millions of people later in life. Analysis of 12,000 patients by Nottingham and Sheffield Universities suggest it would be easier to have a specific age threshold to ensure everyone is treated. Another study also suggested the drug could help prevent osteoporosis, the painful condition also known as brittle bone disease.

In response to these findings, Director of Prevention and Care at the British Heart Foundation, Dr Mike Knapton, said -

‘There are both benefits and risks associated with taking aspirin daily as a preventative measure. Currently the recommendations in the UK are that aspirin is prescribed under medical supervision only to those who have had a heart attack. For these people the benefits of taking aspirin outweigh the risks. Further robust research is needed before aspirin should be considered as a blanket primary prevention measure in the UK. We would encourage everyone to examine their own individual risk and take steps to reduce it by adjusting their lifestyle.’

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the major funder and authority in cardiovascular research, helping educate both the public and of health professionals. Your generous donations help provide life-saving cardiac equipment, and the support in rehabilitation and care for the millions of people who suffer from heart problems in the UK. 

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B.H.F ‘Watch Your Own Heart Attack’ – The Facts

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alister
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Aug 20 2008

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity invited the nation to ‘watch their own heart attack’ on ITV1 on August 10 to raise awareness of heart attack symptoms. With almost a quarter of a million people suffer heart attacks each year in the UK, this advert could be the single most important two minutes of television people will ever see.

 

This video will help the British public recognise heart attack symptoms and urge people to call 999 immediately when they experience them. Only 6% of the UK have sought heart advice with their GP according to a recent survey commissioned by the British Heart Foundation, with 18% of those questioned not even knowing what the symptoms of a heart attack are. Another 38% of people are putting their lives at risk by taking heart attack advice from TV and movies.

Heart attack symptoms can be more subtle than the ‘Hollywood’ heart attack with actors collapsing and clutching their chest in extreme pain. With almost a quarter of a million people suffering from heart attacks every year, it is important to know the tell tale signs as a third of those people die before reaching the hospital.

Chief Executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service, Paul Phillips, said –

‘We welcome any efforts that endeavour to save lives by teaching people how to identify a possible heart attack and encouraging them to call 999 more quickly. We’d rather attend a false alarm than arrive too late.’

While Director of Policy and Communications at the BHF, Betty McBride, said –

‘We’re bringing heart attacks to life in living rooms across the UK because understanding how one could feel might mean the difference between life and death.’

The British Heart Foundation is leading the battle against the UK’s biggest killer disease. The charity is a major funder and authority in cardiovascular research, and plays an important role in education and providing life-saving cardiac equipment and support for rehabilitation and care.

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British Heart Foundation Supports Heart Screenings

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alister
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Aug 18 2008

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity is backing the Scottish Government’s plans to institute a pilot heart screening service for elite athletes in response to public concern.

The British Heart Foundation is dedicated to saving lives through research, patient care, and campaigning for change. The first cardiac screening programme for young athletes was launched in Glasgow last week and will be assessed by the BHF to evaluate the service to see if it should be instigated across the UK.

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Ben McKendrick, said -

‘We are aware that no test is foolproof, and want to be sure these screenings will be worthwhile. The BHF will continue to invest in further research, which includes DNA screening, in an attempt to find an infallible test which identifies those individuals at risk of sudden cardiac death.’

The sterling work of the British Heart Foundation can only continue to progress through public donations. With your help we can try and beat heart disease together.

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British Heart Foundation – Watch Your Own Heart Attack

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Neil
on
Aug 8 2008

You may have seen on billboards across the UK from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Charity inviting you to ‘watch your own heart attack’. As gruesome as this sounds, this is a television event that could help save lives.

This advert will air on ITV1 on August 10 at 9.17pmd uring the Midsomer Murders break and will help to raise awareness of heart attack symptoms, and could be the single most important two minutes of television you will ever see.

A number of celebrities are supporting the campaign to help it reach a wider audience using the slogan “I’ll be watching”, will you?

Heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer with almost a quarter of a million people suffering heart attacks every year, a third of whom die before reaching hospital . The BHF campaign will show people how important it is to recognise heart attack symptoms and urge people to call 999 immediately when they experience them.

Betty McBride, Director of Policy and Communications at the BHF, says “We’re bringing heart attacks to life in living rooms across the UK because understanding how one could feel might mean the difference between life and death.”

Paul Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of the East Midlands Ambulance Service, says ambulance services across the UK fully support the BHF campaign. “We welcome any efforts that endeavour to save lives by teaching people how to identify a possible heart attack and encouraging them to call 999 more quickly. We’d rather attend a false alarm than arrive too late.”

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