• Measure your cholesterol – if it comes in above 5mmol improve your diet, exercise and lose weight
  • Have your blood pressure measured – if this is elevated follow the tip above and see your GP
  • Keep slim
  • Exercise – aim to do at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise three times a week, but preferably a good deal more
  • Eat a Mediterranean-style diet that is rich in olive oil, nuts and pulses, fruit and vegetables. Avoid a diet of red meat, animal fat and dairy products
  • It is not all bad news, some alcohol (not lots) especially red wine is beneficial as is pure red grape juice
  • Be happy – laugh a lot
  • Do not under any circumstances smoke, and if you do smoke, quit
  • Avoid secondary smoking, which also has an effect on the heart
  • Premature heart disease is often inherited, so pick your parents carefully