World Heart Day 2022
World Heart Day is celebrated every year on 29th September and LHCH along with many other organisations, including Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science (LCCS), will be raising awareness of how people can help themselves to be more heart healthy.
Many buildings and landmarks will also be lighting up red on the day.
Dr Deirdre Lane, Community Engagement and Involvement Lead at LCCS, said: “The burden of cardiovascular disease in Liverpool is very high, with people in the city living shorter lives than the national average and spending a greater proportion of their lives living with disability and poor health.
“We are encouraging people to set themselves realistic and achievable goals in improving their heart health.
“We would encourage people to start today – to give up smoking, reduce their alcohol intake, eat more fruit and vegetables, eat less salt and sugar, and increase the amount of exercise they do. We know it isn’t always easy but making a few changes like this can make a big difference to your health and protect your heart.”
The Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science (LCCS) is a strategic research platform, bringing together world-leading research and clinical specialists in cardiovascular science and medicine. University of Liverpool, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Health Partners have allied their forces to tackle the stark issue of Cardiovascular health in the North West.
Heart Health Patient Stories
In early 2020, Rachel was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart condition, ‘Anomalous Right Coronary Artery’, which came as a complete shock. She'd always thought herself to be a healthy lover of sports and all things fitness, and found it tough to come to terms with this life altering diagnosis.
After multiple tests and a lengthy stay in ICU, Rachel came to LHCH. With the help and support of the ACHD clinical team and our Psychology department, she was provided with the care she needed and was able to start enjoying life as a new mum!
Listen to Rachel's full story
Stephen came to LHCH after his cardiac arrest earlier in the year. At the time, Stephen was healthy and physically active, and loved his morning routine walking around his local park. Once under the care of LHCH, and to his shock, Stephen discovered he needed to undergo a quadruple heart bypass.
Following the success of his surgery, Stephen is now enjoying getting back to his daily routine and slowly building up his fitness and wanted to thank LHCH "for saving my life".