'Love Your Heart' - Coming Soon..

Published: 14 Feb 2017

NRAS is delighted to announce its upcoming initiative called 'Love Your Heart' - an online programme that will help those with RA understand the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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What is Love Your Heart?
Love Your Heart is an interactive online programme that will enable people with RA to assess their cardiovascular risk and set personal goals to improve their cardiovascular health.

NRAS has collaborated with Dr Holly John, Consultant Rheumatologist at Dudley General hospital to create this programme. It is currently in testing phase and will be launched in November 2017.

Why cardiovascular health?
Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), akin to type 2 diabetes.  However, screening for, management of, and education about co-morbidities is not always adequate and as a result, the co-morbid risks may be overlooked by the general public, some health professionals, and policymakers alike.

Currently, CVD is still a relatively misunderstood and invisible disease. Getting to a diagnosis can therefore often be challenging as people don’t often recognise the symptoms as a medical emergency. CVD accounts for just over a quarter of deaths in Britain and costs the economy billions in healthcare. We are anticipating that the Love Your Heart programme will have a real impact on helping to reduce this risk in people with RA.

How can I benefit from ‘Love Your Heart’?
If you have RA, the programme will enable you to:

  • understand the reasons why RA increases risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • calculate a QRISK2 score – a prediction algorithm for CVD, recognised by GPs.
  • learn how to reduce the risk of CVD
  • log progress through a series of behavioural goals

When will 'Love Your Heart' launch?
The target launch date is November 2017.

NRAS is really excited to be working with Dr. John and hope that the Love your Heart Programme will help all those with RA to lead a longer and healthier life by addressing those risk factors that are within our own control.

A patient with RA who participated in the face-to-face programme said:

Before I did this programme I thought that I was doing pretty well in terms of diet and exercise but it showed me that there was a lot I wasn’t aware of, that my knowledge of lifestyle factors wasn’t adequate and I needed to do more to help myself. I found it a valuable and life-changing experience to do this programme.

If you'd like to know more about the programme, please get in touch by emailing us at enquiries@nras.org.uk