Almost half of American adults have high blood pressure, or hypertension. It’s often called the “silent killer” because people often don’t have any symptoms and many don’t know they have it. What is blood pressure? Blood pressure refers to the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, according to the American Heart Association. When your heart beats, it pumps blood throughout the body's blood vessels. As the blood moves through the body, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The force of that push is blood pressure. Blood pressure is measured with two numbers: systolic pressure (the top number) and diastolic pressure (the bottom number). A blood pressure reading of 120/80 mm Hg means that the systolic pressure is 120 and the diastolic pressure is 80. Systolic refers to the pressure in a person's arteries when the heart beats. Diastolic is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is resting between beats. What is the normal range … [Read more...] about What is a healthy blood pressure?
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Dementia affects roughly 5 million Americans and that number is expected to grow dramatically in the next few years, according to Braintest. The good news is there are ways to reduce the risk of dementia and it starts with diet and exercise. A new set of guidelines just released in a report Tuesday by The World Health Organization highlighted things you can do to help prevent dementia. "In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple," WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. With dementia affecting 50 million people around the world, and with nearly 10 million new cases appearing each year, the time to act is now. "We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia," Ghebreyesus continued. "The scientific evidence gathered for these Guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain." The report, which is close to 100 pages, identifies various … [Read more...] about New Guidelines on How to Prevent Dementia
As last-minute Christmas gift ideas go, a voucher for a health check may seem a bit unusual. But it could be a present that saves a loved one’s life. Local charity Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) recently launched its Well Check Plus gift vouchers, with the aim of encouraging more people to look after their cardiovascular health. As someone the wrong side of 40, with a diet most doctors would frown upon, I decided to go along to NICHS headquarters on Belfast’s Dublin Road for a check-up, curious and slightly nervous about what they might find.My appointment with health promotion officer Amy Coey began with the obligatory questionnaire – age, gender, health history, lifestyle questions and the like. Nothing too taxing.The ‘lifestyle risk assessment’ was followed by a few basic tests such as height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol, then it was onto the ‘Tanita’ machine – an incredible piece of kit that measures body … [Read more...] about The last-minute gift idea that could save a loved one’s life
Health Mindfulness, the practice hailed for its stress-busting abilities in recent decades, could also aid weight loss according to scientists. Participants of the small study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, who attended mindfulness lessons while trying to lose weight were found to be more successful than those who didn’t. Read more: Weighing yourself this often is linked to weight loss The research comes as lawmakers and public health experts attempt to tackle the global obesity epidemic. According to the World Health Organization, at least 2.8 million people die each year due to conditions linked to being overweight or obese. In the Americas, 62 percent of men and women are overweight, and 26 percent are obese. Part of the problem is that patients often find it tough to stick to long-term lifestyle changes to reverse obesity, the authors wrote. Weight gain and obesity are caused by eating incorrectly for … [Read more...] about How to Lose Weight: Mindfulness Linked to Shedding Pounds
Friday, November 30, 2018 by: Mary Miller Tags: cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, exercise, fitness, goodhealth, heart disease, heart health, physical activity (Natural News) The human body is like a machine, and the heart is the engine that powers it all. You can oil the engine all you want and keep it connected to an energy source for as long as you can, but if the machine does not run every once in a while, it will eventually break down and malfunction from lack of use. The same is true with the human body. If a sedentary lifestyle keeps the heart from actively pumping blood to the rest of the body, it starts to weaken. Fortunately, being physically active is the simplest and most effective way of maximizing heart health. There are many ways to achieve a healthy heart. You can do this by avoiding foods rich in cholesterol, getting enough sleep, and managing stress levels. However, physical exercise is the most straightforward … [Read more...] about Exercise is the simplest way to maintain a healthy heart