We use cookies to so our web site can function correctly. By Clicking "OK" or by clicking into any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more visit the cookies section of our privacy policy.

Privacy Statement

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

These cookies allow us to adtertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is annonomas unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Cardiovascular disease - Dr Jane Benjamin MBChB (UCT), MD (King’s College London)

Cardiovascular disease refers to diseases of the heart and blood vessels, normally caused by build-up of cholesterol deposits inside the arteries. 27% of all deaths in the UK are caused by cardiovascular disease which could be preventable with diet and lifestyle changes.

 

Types of cardiovascular disease

Coronary heart disease occurs when the blood flow to the heart muscle is disrupted resulting in angina, heart attacks and heart failure. Strokes and TIA’s (transient ischemic attacks - or mini strokes) occur due to a blockage of the arteries in the brain.  Peripheral vascular disease occurs when there is a blockage to the arteries of the limbs.  Aortic disease occurs when there is cholesterol build-up and damage the aorta which is one of the largest vessels in the body.

 

Causes of cardiovascular disease

The risk factors for cardiovascular disease are a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors.  High blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors together with high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, smoking and obesity.  People with a strong family history of heart disease are at increased risk especially if you have a 1st degree relative affected less than 55 years of age.  People of South Asian, African and Caribbean descent are at increased risk of heart disease.  Other risk factors include age over 50 year, being male, an unhealthy diet and increased alcohol intake which leads to elevated blood pressure and cholesterol readings.

 

How can you prevent cardiovascular disease?

Maintain healthy diet low in saturated fats, low in salt and sugar and high in fruit and fibre.  You should have 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily.  You should exercise regularly, aiming for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week.  Maintain a healthy weight and keep your BMI below 25.  Stop smoking and reduce your alcohol intake to a maximum of 14 units per week. Treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol and elevated blood sugar.

 

HCA Healthcare UK offer corporate wellbeing webinars on various topics including on cardiovascular disease led by top Consultant Cardiologists

 For more information, visit the corporate wellbeing section of our website

 If you are interested in booking a webinar on this topic or any other health or wellbeing topic, get in touch with our Corporate Wellbeing Manager at corporatewellbeing@hcahealthcare.co.uk

 

About Dr Jane Benjamin

Dr Jane Benjamin in an experienced general practitioner who has spent time working in both London and South Africa. She qualified from the University of Cape Town in 2004 and worked in the UK at leading NHS hospitals where she completed a Doctorate in Nutrition and Gastroenterology through King’s College London in 2011.

Following this she joined the private health sector in London and went on to open her own General Practice in South Africa. She is experience in all aspects of general practice and has a keen interest in women’s health, sexual health, gastroenterology and nutrition. She is passionate about health screening and preventative medicine and aims to help her patients achieve optimal health and wellness through all life stages. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, running, travelling and spending time with her young family.

back to top