Health Tips

Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Heart

6th December 2014

1. Stop smoking.  If you are a smoker, you are twice as likely to have a heart attack than a non-smoker. But from the moment you stop smoking, the risk of heart attack starts to reduce. 2. Cut down on salt. Too much salt can cause high blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease. 3. Watch your diet. A healthy diet can help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, and can also help increase the chances of survival after a heart attack. 4. Monitor your alcohol. Too much alcohol can damage the heart muscle, increase blood pressure and also lead to weight gain. Binge drinking will increase your risk of having a heart attack, so you should aim to [More…]

Not Just A Funny Turn

14th November 2014

Transient Ischaemic Attack (Mini Stroke) Know the signs of stroke and TIA If you, or someone else, show any of the signs of stroke you must call 999. If you think you have had a TIA and have not sought medical attention, see your GP urgently. Urgently investigating and treating people who have a TIA or minor stroke could reduce their risk of having another stroke. Source – The Stroke Association

What Causes Coronary Heart Disease?

16th September 2014

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is arguably the the UK’s biggest killer. CHD develops when the blood supply to the muscles and tissues of the heart becomes obstructed by the build-up of fatty materials inside the walls of the coronary arteries. What is coronary heart disease? Your heart is a pump the size of a fist that sends oxygen-rich blood around your body. The blood travels to the organs of your body through blood vessels known as arteries, and returns to the heart through veins. Your heart needs its own blood supply to keep working. Heart disease occurs when the arteries that carry this blood, known as coronary arteries, start to become blocked by a build-up of fatty deposits. The inner lining of the coronary arteries [More…]

Sepsis – Know the Symptoms

14th July 2014

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by the body’s immune system overreacting to infection, setting off a series of reactions that can lead to widespread inflammation (swelling) and blood clotting. Around 37,000 people are estimated to die of sepsis each year, accounting for 100,000 hospital admissions. Symptoms of Sepsis usually develop quickly and include: a fever or high temperature over 38C (100.4F) chills a fast heartbeat fast breathing In severe cases you may notice: you feel dizzy when you stand up confusion or disorientation nausea and vomiting. Facts about Sepsis Sepsis is a more common reason for hospital admission than heart attack – and has a higher mortality. The most common causes of severe sepsis are pneumonia, bowel perforation, urinary infection, and severe skin [More…]

Nose bleed treatment

7th July 2014

Sit the casualty down with the head forward     Tell the casualty to breath through his mouth and to pinch his nose just below the bridge     Tell him not to talk, swallow, sniff or spit After 10 minutes release the pressure on the nose     If the nose continues to bleed then reapply the pressure for a further 10 minutes     If the nosebleed persists beyond 30 minutes then send the casualty to hospital   The advice provided is no substitute for proper first aid training.  For more information on attending a first aid courses please call us on 0151 207 0081.

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