Healthy Heart

Everything you need for a tip-top ticker – men's health made easy

Being a heart is a man-sized job these days.

Hearts tend to get forgotten, even taken for granted. Bad idea. Clench your fist. Stick it in the middle of your chest. Yep, that’s about the length and breadth of a lump of muscle which can never rest, designed only for action. There’s absolutely nothing it likes better than a challenge, getting its valves ticking and blood rushing to every part of the body.

  • But only at the right pressure and with time to slow down
  • On the correct, poison-free fuel
  • With no sticky lumps to block it up.

It’s a top of the range, high performance pump but it ain’t maintenance-free. Give it what it wants and it’ll last you a long life time without replacement.

This is your Heart Manual for man pumps. Keep it in your glove box of life, show it to your mates, use it to wipe your dip stick but most of all, read it. Cover to cover. It might just save you breaking your heart.

The 36 page full colour A5 booklet, written by Dr Ian Banks with cartoons by Jim Campbell is full of simple, practical heart health tips that will improve the ticker of pretty much anyone. (The cartoon on this page is by John Byrne.)

Men's Health Forum mini manuals: men’s health made easy.

Full contents list
  • Introduction
  • Hearty food
  • Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Activity
  • Booze
  • Quitting smoking
  • Early warning signs – erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Hard and fast – hands only CPR
  • Useful contacts

The Men's Health Forum is a member of the NHS England Information Standard and this man manual is compliant. This means it is fully-referenced and has been peer-reviewed by our team of medics led by Dr John Chisholm, the Men's Health Forum's chair of trustees. You can have confidence that this is a reliable source of quality evidence-based health information.

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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