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High Blood Pressure
February 20, 2018

Why you need to watch your blood pressure

Did you know, that your blood pressure never stays the same? It lowers as you sleep and rises when you’re awake, active, excited and nervous. Here’s how it works, and what you need to know to stay healthy: What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the pressure or force of circulating blood within the walls of your blood vessels. When your heart beats, it gives your body the energy and oxygen it needs. As your blood moves through your body, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this ‘pushing’ is your blood pressure. If you…
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Bone, Muscle & JointGout
October 14, 2017

“Ouch! My toe!” What you need to know about Gout

Gout is a kind of arthritis in which crystals of sodium urate produced by your body forms inside joints. You may suffer attacks of sudden burning pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint, and these attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Left unattended over time, gout attacks can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men, and the joint usually affected is usually a big toe. Causes Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Having too much uric acid is not generally harmful, but when uric acid…
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High Blood Pressure
July 7, 2017

What to know about the highs and lows of blood pressure

Your body is an ingenious machine. And, one of the reasons it works so well is because your blood pressure fluctuates. Blood pressure is the force exerted by your heart, against the resistance created by the arteries, to keep blood flowing through your body. Blood pressure measurement consists of two parts – systolic and diastolic. The first number is the systolic blood pressure; this is the highest pressure when your heart pushes the blood around your body. The second/bottom number is diastolic. This is the lowest blood pressure when your heart is relaxed. When your doctor takes your reading, he’s…
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High Blood Pressure
February 26, 2016

Pumped: When is high blood pressure a good thing?

Imagine that you need to get somewhere in a hurry and all you have is a bicycle – the most important thing to check is your tyres, right? Too soft and you’re going to be pedalling for nothing, but too hard and you could get a puncture in the middle of your journey. Blood pressure is like that. (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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Heart & Blood VesselsHigh Blood Pressure
May 14, 2015

Hypertension is a silent killer

May you never meet The Silent Killer – hypertension! And why is hypertension called The Silent Killer? Because you can have it without knowing! There are no direct symptoms. And high blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. These can also hit you without warning. (more…)
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Heart & Blood Vessels
April 21, 2015

Foods that fight high blood pressure

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (aka DASH) is an eating plan that emphasises foods which are predominantly unprocessed and naturally low in salt, while limiting salt, unhealthy fats and sugar.
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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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October 29, 2014

Don’t become a statistic: World Stroke Day

Today is World Stroke Day, not that we need a special day to talk about a condition that hits approximately 240 South Africans every day. (more…)
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