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Cardiff Metropolitan University supports the British Heart Foundation’s Heart Month



Cardiff Metropolitan University supports the British Heart Foundation's Heart Month

Students and staff at Cardiff Metropolitan University have supported the British Heart Foundation's Heart Month which has encouraged people to take 10 minutes to change their life throughout February.

Around 440 people lose their lives to heart and circulatory diseases every day. But the risk of many conditions, such as heart attack and stroke, can be significantly reduced by making improvements to your lifestyle.

This February, the nation's heart charity, with the support of staff and students across Cardiff Metropolitan University urged people to take at least 10 minutes every day to improve their heart health. From getting active, making simple food swaps or planning your journey to quit smoking, every little change can make a big difference to your heart health.

Cardiff Met's vascular physiology research group undertook four days of student health MOT's in collaboration with the Students' Union and EmWell (the University's developing health and well-being research group). The main focus of the research undertaken over the 4 days was to understand the effects of vascular haemodynamics on cardiac mechanics in young individuals. Over 120 students took part over the four days, with students having 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, cardiac echo, cholesterol, glucose and their vascular stiffness measured as part of the MOT. This research and the student health MOT's are currently being conducted by the university each month, enabling students to increase their awareness and understanding of cardiovascular health.

Students were made aware of the BHF's heart health awareness campaign and the 10 minute challenge. Students from the department of biomedical sciences took part in volunteering on the BHF stand to help increase this awareness over the four days of student health MOT testing.

Dr Barry McDonnell,  Lecturer of Physiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: "It's really important that people are given realistic and manageable advice that will fit in to their daily routine as well as improve their health.

"Getting off the bus two stops early, trying a new fruit or getting active during the ad break of your favourite TV show can all help pave the way towards a healthier lifestyle. It's great to see the BHF urging people to make small changes that can make the biggest difference."

During Heart Month the BHF offered an email support programme and advice to help people improve their diet, get more active or quit smoking.

For more information about the Heart Month 10 minute challenge visit www.bhf.org.uk/heartmonth or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #10MinChallenge