STRESS TEST: WHO is it FOR?

An exercise stress test may be appropriate for someone who is fit and in good general health. If you already run or walk or ride a bicycle, an exercise stress test may seem familiar to you.
How does it work?
Your heart is monitored while you walk or run on a treadmill or pedal a stationary exercise bike. Here’s what happens during the test:
Before you start the “stress” part of a stress test, a technician or nurse will put sticky patches called electrodes on the skin of your chest, arms, and legs.
-The electrodes are connected to an EKG (electrocardiogram) machine. This machine records your heart’s electrical activity.
-The technician or nurse will put a blood pressure cuff on your arm to check your blood pressure during the stress test, and you may be asked to breathe into a special tube so your breathing can be measured.
After these preparations, you’ll exercise on a treadmill or stationary bicycle. As you walk, run, or pedal, the test becomes gradually more difficult. You can stop whenever you feel the exercise is too much for you.
After the test, while you’re cooling down, the EKG continues to monitor your heart rate until it returns to normal. Generally, exercise test time is 15 minutes or less.






A PANIC ATTACK while you’re SLEEPING

Sleep panic attacks typically take one of two forms, both of which can be very frightening. In the first type, a person wakes up feeling like he or she is about to have a panic attack, or is already in the middle of one. The person’s heart will be beating very fast, and he or she may feel confused, disoriented, anxious, and disconnected from reality.
The other type happens when a person begins to consciously experience a panic attack while he or she is still asleep. This may have similar symptoms to a waking panic attack, or it may be accompanied by other symptoms like tooth grinding, head pain, and a feeling of pressure in the ears. In most cases, the person may not be aware of being asleep during the event, or may feel that he or she is struggling to wake up.

• Generally speaking, this disorder is treatable with a combination of self-care and medication. Types Sleep panic attacks typically take one of two forms, both of which can be very frightening.
• By slowly breathing in and out, a person may be able to relax his body and mind enough to sleep through the night. In the event that a sleep panic attack does occur during the night, the sufferer should try to remain as calm as possible.






CAN TOMATOES PREVENT STROKE?

“Tomatoes are ‘stroke preventers’,” BBC News has claimed.

The news is based on a study looking at the levels of various chemicals called carotenoids in men’s blood and their long-term risk of stroke.

Carotenoids are naturally occurring chemicals which give fruit and vegetables their colour. They can act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are believed to help protect against cell damage from molecules known as “free radicals” and “singlet molecular oxygen”. Antioxidants are thought to work by reacting with an unstable molecule and bringing it under control.

Some have suggested that antioxidants may have a protective effect against stroke by reducing damage to blood vessels.

In this study, the researchers found that men with the highest levels of a chemical called lycopene (known to be an antioxidant) in their blood had a 55% reduced risk of stroke compared with those who had the lowest levels. Lycopene is the chemical that gives tomatoes their distinctive red colour.

An important limitation of this study is that, although it included 1,000 men, only 67 strokes occurred. This makes for a very small sample size, which decreases the reliability of the risk calculations.

Overall, this research cannot show that the levels of lycopene were directly responsible for the differences in stroke risk, and it is also unclear how lycopene could prevent strokes. However, the findings of this study support the recommendation to eat a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables.


Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland, Lapland Central Hospital and University Hospital of Kuopio, Finland. It was funded by Lapland Central Hospital.

The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Neurology
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EECP: EXERCISE your HEART and Fights ANGINA

After EECP treatment you may find that:

-You can walk farther, carry heavier packages, and be more active without having angina
-You have fewer attacks of angina
-Your episodes of angina are less intense
-You can return to work, go out to dinner, garden, travel, or enjoy golf, tennis, or bowling once again
-You no longer have to restrict your social life, volunteer activities, or exercise because you are worried that they will cause angina.