Monday, June 2, 2008

Other symptoms you need to look out for

* Unusual breathlessness

* Palpitations-awareness of your beat or a feeling having a rapid and unusually forceful heart beat.

* Fainting

* Fluid retention or puffiness

* Bluish-tinged fingernails or lips

* Fatigue

How to maintain a healthy heart

Do you want to feel good on the inside, as well as look good on the outside? when your heart's in great shape, you feel you can do anything! So take simple steps to be this way.
* Keep active, You'll get maximum benefit if you take moderate physical activity for 30 minutes on most days.
* Say on to stress. When life gets too pressurised, slow down. Delegate or leave jobs that aren't urgent unti tomorrow.
* Eat a healthy diet that includes, fresh fruits and vegetables, use less of saturated fats and more of polyunsaturated fats such as those found in soft spreads for spreading, cooking and baking.
* Enjoy your food! Each week, include a wide variety of nutritious food. Try new fruits and whole grain beads, and experiment with healthier sandwich filling.
* Cut back on saturated fats. Avoid full-fat dairy products (whole milk, butter, chees etc.) and red meat.
* Try to minimise the amount of trans fat by avoiding bakery products such as biscuits, ckes made with partially hydrogenated fats.
* Be sure to include the Omega oils in your diet to help maintain good heart health. Many people know that Omega-3 is oily fish, and Flora spread now contains omega-3 oils sourced from plants. Flora is also a good source of of omega-6, which are found naturally in sunflower
* Try to quit smoking. When you're ready to stop, get expert help from your GP

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Reduce the risk of heart disease

What is CHD?
Coronary heart disease is the biggest killer in Sri Lanka In CHD, the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients become narrowed by atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries). This restrics the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, particularly during exerton when there are more demands on the heart muscle.

What are the symptoms of CHD?

The main symptom is angina, caused by insufficient oxygen reaching teh heart muscle because of rediced blood flow.
Angina is a feeling of heaviness, tightness or pain in the middle of your chest taht may extend to, or just affect, your arms (especially the left). neck, jaw, face, back or abdomen.

It's most often experienced during exertion-if you run for a bus, for example, or climb stairs. It may occur in cold weather, after a heavy meal, or when you're feeling stressed. It can subside once you stop what you're doing and rest, or take medication.