With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, cardiovascular nurses on Merseyside were out and about this week urging local residents to “think about their own hearts, as well as those of their partners”.
The Knowsley at Heart team, Avril Lawler and Emily Darlington (pictured right), handed out traditional red roses to shoppers as an innovative way to spread the message about cardiovascular disease, along with information about how to keep their hearts healthy.
Lee Panter, from Knowsley Health & Wellbeing, said: “One third of deaths locally are related to heart disease and stroke. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, and February being The British Heart Foundation’s National Heart Month, what better time to get everyone to think about their hearts.
“We had a great response from everyone we spoke to and are expecting to see many of the people at our health checks in the future. I’m sure some of their other halves appreciated the roses too!”
The Knowsley at Heart is a programme run by Knowsley Health and Wellbeing, a partnership between NHS Knowsley and the local council.