top tips for valentine'sDon’t be broken-hearted this Valentine’s Day. Follow our top tips to keep both your heart and your loved one’s beating strongly on February 14, and every day.

  1. Buy chocolates for Valentine’s Day, but make sure they are dark ones. Dark chocolate contains flavonols, which have been shown to play a role in preventing heart disease. Just don’t eat too many – everything in moderation.
  2. There’s nothing nicer than a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day and if you want to spice things up a little add some chilli. Compounds in chilli peppers can lead to lower levels of bad cholesterol, and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease.
  3. Spoil your loved one with a relaxing massage. Stress can raise blood pressure and if you have heart disease and are anxious or under stress, it may bring on symptoms like angina. Give the massage yourself, or book one with a professional massage therapist, such as the one we have here at Medcare.
  4. Take care of each other. A bad relationship can be bad for your heart, and relationship problems can significantly up your risk of having a heart attack. So, lavish a little extra love on each other this Valentine’s Day and keep it going throughout the year.
  5. Get a Valentine’s Day heart health check with us. It includes an ECG, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol check, all for the special low price of €75 if booked during February 2016.