February 20, 2012 2:31 PM


February is National Heart Month and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Cheadle MP Mark Hunter recently teamed up at a special campaigns event in the House of Commons to promote National Wear Red Day on Friday 24 February 2012 and to follow the BEAT code for simple steps to a healthier heart.

In National Heart Month, the BHF encourages people across the UK to think about their own hearts and the hearts of those around them. The nation's heart charity also needs people across the UK to get involved with National Wear Red Day, and raise vital funds for the charity's life-saving work.

By wearing red on National Wear Red Day and raising money, people can help the BHF to save lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information.

Commenting, Mark said:

"I was delighted to join representatives from the British Heart Foundation and back this important campaign and help raise awareness of how many of us are affected by heart conditions.

"The 'BEAT code' is an excellent quick-guide to help people understand heart conditions, and National Wear it Red Day will help raise vital funds for this important cause."

"It is a common misperception that heart disease is more common in men than women when in fact it kills 1 in 3 women, as well as 1 in 3 men and kills three times more women than breast cancer₁.Commenting, a spokesperson from the British Heart Foundation said:

"Funds raised during National Heart Month can support the BHF to help the 2.7 million people in the UK currently living with heart disease."

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