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.
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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We are pleased to announce the launch of Panasonic’s CardioHealth Station which is a multi-modality platform for quick cardiovascular risk assessment and early detection of atherosclerosis. A perfect complimentary tool to assist with the NHS preventive medicine strategy.
The CardioHealth Station uses innovative ultrasound technology that can be performed easily and quickly using a handheld ultrasound probe. The carotid arteries in the neck are scanned to measure the wall thickness and detect hidden plaque build-up with no exposure to dangerous radiation, no discomfort and with immediately available results.
The CardioHealth Station optimises cardiovascular risk management by looking beyond traditional risk factors, like cholesterol and blood pressure. Imaging of sub clinical atherosclerosis in the carotid artery helps in identifying those that are at higher CV risk, early enough to take preventative action. This innovative technology enables you to offer a preventative approach to your patients and to identify patients at higher risk of heart attack and stroke, then offer a more personalised treatment and life style advice to lower patients risk.
To discover more about this product contact us today. In the meantime please review the product brochure here or watch the video for an online demonstration.