'I try to go to the gym once or twice a week for a workout' 

Actor Rudolph Walker, 65, is a far cry from Patrick Trueman, the rum-swilling, fry-up-eating character he plays in EastEnders. In real life, he takes great care to ensure his heart stays in tip-top condition.

Rudolph's star tips for a healthy heart:

1. Eat well

"I eat lots of fish and fresh vegetables, and only occasionally have red meat. I resist the temptation of the stodgy food on the EastEnders set by bringing in my own meals, such as vegetable soup."

2. Get active

"I love playing tennis and cricket. But I don't always get the chance, so I try to go to the gym once or twice a week for a cardiovascular workout on the running machine."

3. Stop smoking

"I'm lucky – I've never smoked, even as a young man. I know it is hard for people to give up, but it is so important."

4. Go easy on the alcohol

"I hardly drink – just the odd glass of wine. Drinking is fine, but only in moderation."

5. Get checked out

"Every man over the age of 50 should have regular check-ups. I have one every six months to make sure everything is in working order, particularly my blood pressure and cholesterol levels."


Rudolph Walker

Page last reviewed: 26/09/2014

Next review due: 26/09/2016