At a glance Common symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, a cold sweat and neck, back, stomach or jaw pain. Women need to take care too — when they reach menopause their risk of a heart attack risk rises, and they can be more damaging than for men. To lower your risk, stop smoking, eat well, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, keep active, manage your weight and reduce stress and alcohol. Recognising the signs of a heart attack Heart disease is one of our biggest killers today. But many of us don't know enough about the signs and risks. It's important for both men and women to learn to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and get help fast if they think they need it. There's also much we can all do to lower our risk
Life is stressful by its very nature and almost all of us feel stressed at some point. The most common causes are work, money and family. It doesn't have to be a crisis that creates stress; it's often the day-to-day physical demands and emotions that come with coping with life's challenges. Other situations that cause stress include pregnancy, change, retirement and social isolation. Sometimes it's just too much happening at once between work, family and personal responsibilities. And, of course, the holidays add stress — with extra time spent with family, lack of exercise, too many activities and memories of happier holidays. Why Bother about Stress? When stress builds up, it can damage your mood, interfere with your sleep, lower your concentration and negatively affect your rela
Successful and lasting behavior change takes more than a willingness to adopt new habits. It is a process of learning how to integrate these behaviors into your daily lifestyle. Here are some considerations and techniques to increase your chances for success this time around: Be Realistic While it is reasonable and desirable to strive for realistic improvements in our appearance, health, and attitude, it is counterproductive to hope for a total remake of who we are. Frustration breeds failure. Make sure that your resolution, whether behavioural, attitudinal or otherwise, is achievable. It helps to focus on one or two small, achievable and measurable changes at a time. Instead of saying, "I'm going to lose two kilos," try first to succeed at cutting out excess calories and fat by elim...
At a glance Strokes are one of the world's biggest killers today, and a leading cause of disability — so it's important to understand what causes them. In a stroke, a blockage or burst blood vessel deprives an area of your brain of its blood supply, causing vital brain tissue to die. To reduce your risk, stop smoking, lower your stress, keep fit, eat a healthy diet, manage diabetes and control your blood pressure. Understanding the cause of strokes Strokes are one of the world's biggest killers today, and a leading cause of severe disability. Every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke. And nearly one in four men and one in five women aged 45 can expect to have a stroke if they live to 85. However, knowledge is power. When we understand what causes strokes, and how