Can't See Your Heart So take Good Care Of It
Caring for your heart
and making a will are two issues that affect
every aspect of society. From children to elderly
people, from office workers to celebrities, good
health is something that should always be valued.
As actress and singer SU POLLARD explains, taking
care of yourself is a task that should never be
Heart disease and heart attacks have affected my
friends and family in the past and that's given
me a shock into realising how little we care for
It's made me realise that it is so important to
stay healthy and make sure you can enjoy your
life to the full.
I think one of the things very few people realise
is how heart disease can affect as many women as
men. Women think that it is always cancer that
affects them, but heart disease is another one to
look out for.
Your heart is something inside that you cannot
see. So it's important to make sure you take care
It's not like your skin - you can see if that's
sore or cut - but your heart suffers silently,
and when it does become ill the results can be
I am just a great believer in making people aware
of themselves and of keeping fit and healthy.
And to make sure you care for your heart you
definitely need some awareness of how it works
and what will work for you.
It's not something to be taken lightly - every
single person needs to ensure that they care for
themselves and to look out for others around
I see supporting campaigns such as this as my way
of supporting others - letting them know how
important it is to care for themselves and live a
fit, healthy and fun life.
The way I look at it, you need to have everything
in moderation. It can be so easy to drink, smoke
and eat too much. But if you stop and think more
often then you will be helping yourself.
My friend Terry is a great example. He had a
heart attack a few years ago at the age of 48.
That frightened both him and me no end, but it
did shock him into leading a better lifestyle. He
was lucky that he survived the attack and can
tell the tale and improve his eating and
exercise, but you have to remember that some
people are not so lucky.
Something like Terry's heart attack really makes
you start thinking about things.
Later on he then found out that there was a
history of heart conditions in his family -
apparently that's something you need to look out
for - and his mum has since had a triple heart
I think that educating people about healthy
lifestyles should start early though. There is no
point in letting children be unhealthy because
things like heart disease build up over the years
and just get worse and worse.
A lot of children of school age probably have
parents who suffer from heart problems or ill
health and so they know all about what it
involves, but in practice these things just don't
work the same way.
The long and short of it is the fact that
everyone wants a fabulous life and we want to
help people to do that.
Talking about hearts, wills and keeping healthy
is not all gloom and doom - I wouldn't want
people to think that.
It's just about making yourself happier and
Who doesn't want to be fit and fabulous?
I think as a child I was really helped out by
Hilda, my mum, because she was very strict and
only let me have about one sweet a week.
At the time I complained and thought she was
being mean, but now I really thank her because it
meant I never got a sweet tooth and it's made it
easier for me to eat healthily.
What I do to make sure I've got a healthy heart
is to give it a test every day. I've started
skipping for 100 skips every day. It doesn't take
long but it really gets you out of breath.
It's like they say - every little helps. And it
My sister is a nutritionist and I get a lot of my
enthusiasm for health from her - she's taught me
about heart health and I think it's worth knowing
how very important it is.
I live in a three-storey house in London, so I
also get plenty of exercise just walking around
The reason I'm so keen to let people know that
heart disease is such a killer and that it can be
avoided is because I know quite how essential it
is to stay healthy.
In some cases, for some people, it's actually a
case of life and death.
You can have all of the money in the world but
nothing can buy you health and a good life.