blood pressure

Blood conditions
November 30, 2018

Cold hands? It could be Raynaud’s phenomenon

Commonly known as RP, Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition where the blood vessels in your fingers and toes overreact to cold temperatures or stress. RP may also affect other areas of your body like your nose, lips, ears and even nipples. For many people, RP isn’t a serious condition, but for some, the reduced blood flow can cause damage. Key symptoms include: Cold fingers and toes. Temperature changes in your skin in response to cold or stress. A numb, prickly feeling or stinging pain when warming up feeling stress relief. RP also results in vasospasm. This is the discolouration of…
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Healthy Lifestyle
April 16, 2016

LOL! The benefits of laughter

Laughter is contagious, in a good way! Make sure that you catch it. When you are having a difficult day, don’t those memes and GIFs on Twitter and Facebook make things so much better? We think so. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
June 26, 2015

Sugar or salt? Which is the worst villain?

“Stop! Don’t add any sugar or salt to your food – they’re both bad for you!” Ah yes, the 2 health villains you’ve heard so much about! They both give your body a hard time, but is one more dangerous than the other? It’s time to put them under the spotlight. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
May 17, 2015

Your blood pressure-friendly, food-free diet

Welcome to your 'foodless' diet plan, guaranteed to lower your blood pressure. We’re not going to tell you what you can and can’t eat, but rather give you the facts and offer alternative treatment to ensure a heart-healthy lifestyle. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
April 19, 2015

The A B C of blood pressure

Think of high blood pressure and you might think of red-faced angry people with steam coming out of their ears right before they clutch their chest and have a heart attack. It’s a classic image but not an entirely accurate one. High blood pressure certainly does place you at higher risk of a heart attack, but there is a lot more to the condition. (more…)
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CholesterolHeart & Blood Vessels
November 19, 2014

Cholesterol – a major risk of heart disease

High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. However, you can successfully lower bad cholesterol levels by making certain diet and lifestyle changes. Remember, the body only requires a small amount of cholesterol to function in top form, and when too much cholesterol is present in the diet, health conditions such as heart disease can develop. Plaque (a thick, hard deposit) forms in the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through properly. Over time, this build-up of plaque causes hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart disease. (more…)
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Tests & investigations
February 25, 2014

What can you expect during your health assessment?

When you go for your annual medical check-up, you can expect a full physical check-up and you’ll be asked about your medical history. You might also need to have certain blood tests, for example if your doctor thinks you’re at risk for high cholesterol, or thyroid problems. More advanced testing includes ultrasound and mammograms – which become more important as you get older. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 27, 2013

Warning! Salt added

Preventative health has been the top health trend for a number of years now, and it’s all about “prevention is better than cure” – so basically, avoiding getting sick or ill in the first place. Your health is one of the few things in life that you are in control of, and everything you eat and drink, or don’t eat and drink has a direct effect on your body and its ability to continue functioning in top form. When it comes to food, salt is one thing that many people eat too much of, often without even realising it. (more…)
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