You don’t have to go out and run marathons to have a healthy heart. Even just a light jog now and again could reduce your risk of death by cardiovascular disease. For some this is easier than others. Some people just come out in a sweat at the thought of running whilst others seem to do it for fun.
If you don’t feel that you can run then start with a walk daily for a few weeks. Starting off walking when you have never run before will ease your body into it and when you do eventually decide to run it will reduce your change of injury.
The older you get the more prone your body is too injury. When we are younger the body can do things that over time it can’t seem to do as well. It is important to ease into it and not get up one day and decide to run as far as you can. You need to warm up, stretch, start with shorter distances. If you go from nothing to running 5 miles a day you will soon find yourself injured. Exercising your heart is great but if you are injured you won’t be getting any exercise.
If it’s the thought of running on the road that puts you off either because you don’t want to be outside, or you don’t want to be seen by other people, then why not go to the local gym and start off with a running machine. The beauty of a running machine is that you can programme it to get faster and longer over time. You can start with a brisk walk and gradually increase the pace until you are running.
Consider the equipment you wear as well. Exercising to improve the health of your heart is the aim but it would be better not to end up with injuries in your back or legs. Make sure you have proper running shoes that have been fitted and that you wear the right socks. Go to a local running shop for advice. They have experienced staff that will be able to help you find what you need.
Most of all enjoy it. If you don’t fancy doing it on your own then find someone you can team up with or better still join a local running club. They aren’t full of elite athletes – more often than not they are like-minded people that just want to get fit. Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy it.
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A complicated pregnancy can promote one of the most stressful periods of a grown woman’s life and as such, Cardiacare do not wish to cause further anxiety in our readers. Alas, news has come forward from the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, California which we believe should not go unnoticed. According to their director and senior study author Barbara Cohn, women who experience more than one health complication during pregnancy are at considerably higher risk of developing heart disease in their later years.
In America, heart disease is considered the foremost killer of women with a new study by the aforementioned Berkeley institute adding more fuel to this alarming data. As published on September 21st in the American Heart Association journal ‘Circulation’, the study found that “the risk of fatal heart disease prior to age 60 doubled or even tripled in women who developed pre-eclampsia, a sudden increase in blood pressure late in pregnancy.”
To help support the study, the institution analysed ‘decades of data’ containing the health details of over 15,000 pregnant women between 1959 and 1967 in the local Oakland, California area. Barbara Cohn found that by 2011 368 of these women had died of heart disease and found that these where mothers who had experienced blood pressure issues during pregnancy. Despite this, 64% of women were found to have no complications, 31% had one complication and 5% had two or more.
The study pointed out that the most frequently acknowledged complication to occur during pregnancy was gestational blood pressure which would act as a precursor to ‘preterm delivery, low-birth-weight delivery, and hemoglobin decline’.
If you wish to read into this study in further detail we recommend exploring the current issue of the American Heart Association journal.
What a month for health news, first of all we have outlandish headlines telling us chocolate will help fight cardiovascular disease and now The Daily Telegraph have the gall to tell the nation that drinking “plenty of red wine” will help them lose weight. Understandably this headline has already come under intense scrutiny from countless health experts including a long form feature analysis by the NHS.
The bizarre study was incorrectly reported by certain UK papers as some kind of miracle which gave the go ahead for us become red wine guzzling stick insects. You’ll also find it humorous to know that the study the press were referring to was carried out on mice instead of humans which arguably makes such findings null in terms of dietary relevance. The study was taken by researchers from South China Agricultural University and Washington State University with particular focus on the effect of ‘resveratrol’ on cells and fat tissue.
It’s true that resveratrol does appear in some red wines and can help mice produce brown fat cells (which grown humans have very little of) as opposed to white fat tissue which thus leads to obesity. The amount of resveratrol in red wine is very minor and given the fact that a 750cl bottle of supermarket slosh would contain 570 calories is hardly going to do you any good. Try and use your better judgement when faced with far-fetched headlines like this and always consult a healthcare professional if you wish to have a drastic change of diet.
You can read more about this here.
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It’s an unfortunate reality that heart failure rates in the UK are hitting an alarming high. Over 900,000 people across Britain have been affected by the trauma and aftermath that comes with heart failure – a figure deemed by Professor John Cleland a “modern epidemic”. Why are these figures so high? The answer lays in our lifestyles and complacency to dietary control but that’s a topic for another time. The latest study by the European Society of Cardiology has strongly suggested that patients who are recovering from heart failure who then fall into strong depression are “more than likely” to suffer a fatality within a year of their initial symptoms.
This is both startling and worrying, not only for people who may be in this situation but their loved ones and of course, the doctors and psychologists who will be working to rehabilitate them. The state of mental health treatment in the UK is frankly lacking and it’s shocking that in 2015 we are only now making evident strides in eradicating the shameful taboos that come with anxiety and depression. Cardiacare implore anybody suffering in silence seek therapy or medication as soon as possible, this is not something you need to live with.
Heart failure comes as a result of a weak or stiff heart muscle struggling to maintain regular pumping of the blood. The patient will then experience extreme tiredness and shortness of breath leading to, in most cases, a drop in quality of life should they recover. This significant lifestyle change affects people in different ways but the study suggests that mild to severe depression is more likely to occur “in the 300 days that follow” the attack.
Thankfully this study has sparked intrigue and The British Heart Foundation has assured the public they are aware of the issues that depression can cause in extreme cases. If you have been affected by this issue we strongly recommend you seek out help immediately.
The original report on this story can be read over here at the BBC.
In this tireless age of digital clutter and opinionated noise, it can be difficult to know who or what to trust and take on board. The UK press are consistently printing tales of healthcare anxiety in an attempt to rouse attention and fear. The latest health scare comes in the form of vitamin supplements which are now said to be a potentially fatal catalyst of cancer and heart disease. The story is popping up just about everywhere after a decade long study at the University of Colorado Cancer Centre found that taking over the recommended daily dose would promote such illness by 20%.
It’s not uncommon to find people forfeiting a healthy diet in exchange for junk food and vitamin supplements but you don’t need a medical degree to tell such behaviour will do the body no good. Supplements are meant to be taken responsibly and in conjunction with an already stable diet, anybody over indulging to compensate are, as common sense would tell you, doing more harm than good.
The test, which was lead by Professor Tim Byers had aimed to see if supplements had the same medical benefits as vitamin rich fruit and vegetables. After finding excessive pills increased the risk of potentially fatal diseases, they presented their findings to the American Association for Cancer Research. Cardiacare believe that, as evident with most things in life, too much of anything is rarely any good for you. Always follow the pharmacist’s instructions and medical labels, don’t over compensate and try and maintain a balanced, healthy diet.
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Cholesterol warnings are ever present in food awareness campaigns but how many people actually know what is and how it affects them?
First of all, cholesterol is a completely natural fatty substance produced by the liver called lipid. On top of lipid production in the liver, it can be found in many fatty foods and having an excessive amount of it in your blood can promote narrowing of the arteries, heart attacks and strokes. While cholesterol itself is completely harmless, having too much of it can lead to a build up in your arteries which in turn makes it harder for blood to flow to the heart, brain and so forth.
It is recommended that your cholesterol levels maintain a healthy balance of ‘5mmol/L’ or less. It is recommended that adults receive a blood test to check these levels, particularly if you are a smoker, are overweight, have high blood pressure, heart disease or have hereditary history of cardiovascular issues. When the British Heart Foundation surveyed a sample of the British public in 2008, an alarming number of men and women over 35 had high cholesterol. To lower yours, try and cut down or quit smoking altogether, replace foods with high saturated fats for healthier alternatives (for example, vegetable oils and soft vegetable spreads) and avoid processed foods where possible.
Don’t let your cholesterol levels creep up on you – act today.
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Here are Cardiacare we are proud to stock a wide range of Cardioline ECG devices. Such as the Cardioline touchecg tablet and the new Cardioline ar600view VET.
Cardioline ar600view VET
The Cardioline touchecg tablet is the recommend product for healthcare professionals, specifically in certain fields such as telemedicine, home care, and privatized healthcare.
This new device is a electrocardiograph supplied on a high quality tablet with a clickecgbt acquisition unit. The Cardioline touchecg tablet has Bluetooth capabilities and a simple interface, easy to use system and overall user-friendly experience.
The small and lightweight clickecgbt ensures the highest level of patient care and comfort, whilst still boasting modern features such as Wi-Fi connectivity and the options to export examinations in numerous file types such as .png .pdf and .xml
The Cardioline ar600view VET is a dual supply electrocardiograph with a large range of features, for example the basic configuration allows the recording of an ECG and printing the ECG using a high quality thermal print.
Due to nature of the software it can easily be adapted to suit all of your needs. You can also choose to equip your Cardioline ar600view VET with the PC ECG option, meaning the device can display real-time ECG on a computer, this feature aids in the management of patients records.
If you’re interested in either of the above products or any ECG consumables then visit our website www.cardiacare.co.uk
Lifestyle plays a crucial role in treating patients with high blood pressure, when sufferers follow a healthy and active lifestyle plan, the need for medicated treatments can be delayed, reduced or in some cases, it can be avoided altogether.
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, then you will know that there are many small things you can do each day to keep high BP at bay.
Obviously, the first and probably most imperative suggestion is exercise. Hypertensive patients who participated in brisk walks lowered press by nearly 8mmhg over 6mmhg. Vigorous cardio exercise can really challenge the ticker and bring that pressure right down.
Reducing your sodium intake can work wonders; it has been proven that even a small reduction in sodium to your diet could reduce your BP by 2 – 10mm Hg. It’s strongly recommend for those who are limiting sodium consumption, to maintain a food diary and log how much sodium you are taking in each day. Many of us track calories on a regular basis, yet sodium is often overlooked.
Most of us are overworked and overtired, so take a break from the office! Putting in more than 41 hours a week at office raises the risk of hypertension by over 15%. More time at the office equals less team to eat sleep and relax, so leave that paperwork on your desk, it will still be there tomorrow.
It has been reported that a defibrillator was stolen from the back of an ambulance in Belfast last month, whilst the ambulance crew were busy treating a patient in need of care nearby. The theft happened in one of the busiest parts of the city at around 8pm at night when the streets are often littered with people.
The thoughtless event shocked the ambulance service, an ambulance service spokesperson said that a man approached the back of the van and ran off with the expensive piece of medical equipment. The theft has been estimated to cost the service around £10,000 to replace the vital piece of machinery. The service used social media to appeal to public and stated that the machine “could be needed to save a life tonight”. They also added “The person who did this had no thought whatsoever for the community or those who may have needed it.”
Although the criminal hasn’t been caught just yet, it seems that the stolen goods have made their way back to its rightful home and was found abandoned nearby in Craigmore Way, South Belfast.
The suspected thief was around 6ft, of medium build, with fair hair and sporting a grey hooded top with red branding on it.
Police are appealing to anyone who saw this incident, or may have been in the area, to contact them at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101,”
Even though the life saving device has been returned, the police is still working on catching whoever did this.
We are pleased to inform British Medical practitioners, Cardiologists and Paediatric Doctors that CARDIOLINE Products and ECG-Solutions are now available in the UK through CARDIACARE our local distributor and partner.
The CARDIOLINE brand grew thanks to the long-established experience of ET Medical Devices, Remco Italia and CARDIETTE until in 2011 it was taken up by Cardioline, SpA. Now the company’s new management is daily building up a new era of international success based on the typical values of being “made in Italy”: technology, design, quality.
Tradition, experience and innovation are the common denominator of all Cardioline products, whose outstanding features are clearly perceived by customers.
By tradition, Cardioline devices are advanced, easy to use and extremely robust so as to meet the needs of physicians as well as healthcare facilities, with no uncertainties or downtime.
The unrivaled experience our engineers can boast, the keen attention we pay to our customers’ feedback and our collaboration with expert designers are the DNA of our products: economically accessible, user-friendly and pleasing to the eye.
We design advanced medical devices as a result of our unrivaled expertise in the industry, together with the deployment of state-of-the art technology and a vocation to finding solutions dedicated to healthcare professionals and patients.
Please visit our websites (www.cardioline.it and www.cardiacare.co.uk) and send us your request for demonstration and free trial now!