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National High Blood Pressure Education Month

National high blood pressure education month provides awareness regarding hypertension. Many people don’t even know they have high blood pressure. Symptoms of hypertension often go unnoticed and if left uncontrolled the risk of heart problems such as stroke or heart attack increase. High blood pressure education month encourages people to look at various lifestyles factors which may be contributing to high blood pressure. It is well documented that high levels of sodium (salt) is linked to high blood pressure. It’s important to know your numbers. When blood pressure is measured, the upper number (systolic pressure) measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The lower number (diastolic pressure) measures the pressure between heartbeats. For most people, a normal blood pressure is less than 120/80.

The incidence of high blood pressure is about the same in men and women. However, there are gender differences between age groups. In people under the age of 45, the incidence of high blood pressure is higher in men whilst in the over 65 year age category it is higher in women. Lifestyle changes which can help reduce blood pressure, include maintaining a healthy body weight (check with our BM1 Calculator), regular exercise, quitting smoking and following a healthy low sodium diet rich in fruit and vegetables. There are many affordable blood pressure monitors available for the consumer making it convenient to monitor your blood pressure at home.

Check out the following links for more information: (http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/highbloodpressureeducationmonth.html)

(https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-blood-pressure-education-month-may/)

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Mental Health Awareness Month!

We need to find ways to stay connected with our community. No one should feel alone or without the information, support and help they need. It’s okay to feel unstable. It’s okay to need help. It’s okay not to be okay. Please take care of yourself. Make your mental health a priority!

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

It’s important to take care of yourself. Your mental health matters!

Check out this link (http://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health) to read more about the early warning signs and learn more about Mental Health.

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World Health Day- Building a fairer, healthier world!

The theme of World Health Day 2021 is “Building a fairer, healthier world”.

All over the world, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death. And it harms our societies and economics.

This is not only unfair: It is preventable: That is why we are calling on leaders to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are conducive to good health. At the same time, we urge leaders to monitor health inequities, and to ensure that all people can access quality health services when and where they need them.

(https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2021)

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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!

Cervical Cancer Awareness month is an opportunity to raise awareness on the risks of cervical cancer. Regular cervical screening is the best way to identify abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix at any early stage. Women aged 25 to 49 are invited for screening every 3 years. Women aged 50 to 64 are invited every 5 years. For women who are 65 or over, only those who have not been screened since they were 50, have had recent abnormal tests or have never been screened before are still eligible for screening.

Make sure your GP surgery has your up to date contact details so you continue getting screening invitations. It’s important to attend your cervical screening tests!

Check out this link (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-cancer/prevention/) to read more about the cervical cancer vaccination.

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Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.

Symptoms of Pre-eclampsia

Early signs of pre-eclampsia include having high blood pressure (hypertension) and protein in your urine (proteinuria).

It is unlikely that you’ll notice these signs, but they should be picked up during your routine antenatal appointments.

In some cases, further symptoms can develop, including:

  • Swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands caused by fluid retention
  • Severe headache
  • Vision problems
  • Pain just below the ribs

If you notice any symptoms of pre-eclampsia, seek medical advice immediately.

Although many cases are mild, the condition can lead to serious complications for both mother and baby if it’s not monitored and treated. The earlier pre-eclampsia is diagnosed and monitored, the better the outlook for mother and baby.

Check out this link (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pre-eclampsia/) to read more about the causes of pre-eclampsia, the treatments and more.