Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Human body, and especially the liver, makes all the cholesterol it needs. But cholesterol can also be found in foods from animal sources. As such, making healthy eating choices is paramount. Recent trials that tested the impact of specific foods on blood cholesterol found that eating more nuts, legumes, olive oil, and plant sterols can help reduce blood cholesterol. More details at:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
People have been advised to stay away butter since the 1950s because it is full of saturated fats that could make us fatter and more prone to heart disease. However, a recent study suggested that that butter has relatively small or neutral association with mortality, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Find out more at:
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
In the past, it is difficult to use sensors and front-end electronics in wearable technology to gather physiological and movement data because of their size. But now, wearable sensors are available at much lower cost and utilized in digital health monitoring systems with miniature circuits, microcontroller functions, front-end amplification and wireless data transmission. Nevertheless, can mobile health devices detect and prevent heart disease? Find out more at:
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
While most people may think of exercise as sport, the scientific evidence indicates that it is everyday activities like walking and stair climbing that are most closely associated with improved health. Click the following link to find out how climb stairs can prevent heart disease.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Heart attack and stroke are two different conditions but they do have something in common. First, they belong to a class of diseases known as cardiovascular disease that involve the heart or blood vessels. Then both heart attack and stroke are caused by blockage of blood vessels. The difference is a heart attack occurs when there is a blockage in an artery in the heart that leads to damaged heart muscle, whiles stroke is a blockage of an artery that leads to the brain.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally. So, knowing their symptoms and getting medical help in time may save life.
Symptoms of heart attack include chest pain, discomfort in other parts of the body like neck, arms, jaw, back or stomach, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea and cold sweating. Women are more likely to have symptoms such as unusual fatigues, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or lightheadedness, discomfort in the neck, shoulder or upper back, and discomfort in gut.
People who suspect they have a heart attack should immediately call for emergency medical help. If they cannot do it themselves, they should ask someone nearby to do it for them. In the meantime, they should stop all activities and try to stay calm and wait for the ambulance to come. If you are with someone who might have a heart attack and becomes unconscious, you should start CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation). You should call emergency dispatcher who can talk you through the steps until help arrives, if you do not know how to do it.
Being a lifesaving technique, CPR is useful in situations like heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. Keeping oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs is important. This is because when the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes, and a person may just die within 8 to 10 minutes.
Stroke symptoms, on the other hand, do not include any pain or discomfort. They are more likely associated with losing feeling or the ability to move. Stroke often affects only one side of the body. People who are suspected of having a stroke can have signs like sudden, severe headache with no known cause, confusion (trouble in speaking or understanding), numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg and usually on one side of the body, loss of vision in one or both eyes or having double vision, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination.
As stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability or even death, quickly calling emergency medical help is paramount. The sooner treatment starts, the better chance of having a full discovery.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Many health professionals believe that walking can improve cardiac risk factors like cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness and inflammation, and mental stress. It also helps protect against dementia, peripheral artery disease, depression, colon cancer, and even erectile dysfunction. But most studies that show regular exercise is good for health usually focused on various forms of exercise to investigate the influence of total amount of physical activity on health. It does not necessarily indicate that walking is beneficial.
Find out more to see if walking can prevent heart disease by clicking the following link:
Thursday, December 15, 2016
It is believed that stress triggers inflammation, a known instigator of heart disease, though this has not been proven. Yet some people can act in a way that might increase their risk of heart disease because of stress. Find out how to manage stress at:
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Living with AFib can no doubt affect many aspects of one’s life, including stamina, relationships and emotional health. And there may be some restrictions on some activities associated with certain medications that one may take. Find out more at: