Heart age and risk factors

World Heart Day is commemorated every year, on the 29th of September in order to spread awareness about the risk factors for heart diseases and stroke, as well as to provide information on the ways in which a person can have a healthy heart.

However, the heart can become vulnerable to habitual risk factors like smoking, eating an unhealthy diet or putting it under stress. The system can also be weakened from a pre-existing heart condition. When your heart’s functions become compromised, this is known as cardiovascular disease, a broad term that covers any disorder to the system that has the heart at its center.

The WHO defines a risk factor as an attribute, characteristic or exposure of an individual that increases the likelihood of developing a disease or injury. It should be noted, however, that just because a person has a risk factor for heart disease, it does not mean that they will necessarily develop that disease. It does, however, mean that the person’s likelihood of developing cardiovascular diseases increases. The risk factors for heart disease can be divided into two types – modifiable and non-modifiable.

  • Modifiable risk factors: Those that can be eliminated through medical intervention or lifestyle changes
    • Obesity
    • Unhealthy diet
    • Lack of physical activity
    • High BP
    • Diabetes
    • Tobacco use
    • Unhealthy diet
    • Cholesterol
  • Non-modifiable risk factors: Those that cannot be eliminated, but rather have to be worked around through a healthy lifestyle
    • A family  history of heart disease
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Ethnicity
    • Socioeconomic status                                                                   

                                                              YOUR HEART AGE

While your chronological age is the number of years that you have lived since your birth, you heart age is a little more complex. Your heart age is one way to ascertain your risk for a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases. It is calculated by using the following metrics: your age, family history with heart disease, diet, physical activity, smoking, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. A higher heart age implies that you might be at a greater risk for heart disease. The aforementioned metrics are not chosen arbitrarily, in fact, they are the leading risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.

You can now check your own heart age with the Aster Clinic heart age calculator. Just provide the online tool with the necessary information and have your heart age calculated for you.

                                                          Visit: www.myheartage.net 

Get your free healthy heart packages at selected Aster Clinics. You can also avail of customized, discounted heart packages starting from AED 329 only.

 

 

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Skincare for men

Grooming and skincare have always been associated with women. However, with the increase in the number of spas and salons in Dubai, male grooming has seen a rise as well. Moreover, with most men now becoming more conscious about their looks, they have begun to take care of their looks and skin. A few years back, it was more like there was a social stigma associated with men grooming, although that is not the case now.

It is highly important for both men and women to take care of their skin equally. Men need to take care of their skin not only to look good but to also feel good. Skincare is different for men and women, it is not advisable for men to use the same products that their wives or partners use. This is because everybody’s skin type differs, and men for that matter do not age as quickly as women.

On a daily basis, men too are exposed to a lot of pollutants and sun, with the harsh weather conditions in Dubai. Common skincare problems faced by men are;

  • Acne
  • Razor burns, sunburns
  • Breakouts
  • Acne and oily skin

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Things you need to know about Workout

A lot of times people work out with the idea of losing weight. While losing weight is the point, weight should be lost the healthy way. A lot of times people tend to combine various ideas and opinions, from what they know, what they hear and what they read online and follow a combination of practices that may not always be right. A few things to keep in mind while working out are;

  • Unless you are an individual who works out regularly, do not rush into things. Take gradual steps and engage in light work outs first.
  • Make sure you warm up before and after the work out session
  • Drink plenty of water during your work out session. If you are training specifically for a marathon or so, supplement those fluids with electrolyte water.
  • Understand that your focus should not solely be on the end result. Work hard and smart towards reaching the goal, irrespective of how long it may take.
  • Listen to your body and the signs it may depict. Rigorous work out may harm the body if your body is not used to it. If you feel lethargic or weak, ensure to stop
  • Work out as per the weather conditions also, do not exert yourself much particularly during summer months in the UAE by spending too much time outdoors
  • Wear the right kind of clothing and shoes
  • If you are a beginner it is best to get consulted from a specialist to understand your body type and weight and then focus on a customized work out regime that suits your body.
  • Consume a balanced and healthy diet at all times. If you are hungry before a work out, eat a small pre-work out snack to give you the energy. However do not eat immediately after exercising and do not wait for too long either.
  • Beware of common injuries caused as a result of working out rigorously and take the necessary steps in case of need.

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Antibiotic Resistance

Our immune system normally fights disease causing bacteria. But sometimes, it is unable to work fast enough against the attack by certain bacteria. In such circumstances, it needs help by destroying the sickness causing bacteria directly, and antibiotics are used in such cases. There are different antibiotics which work differently against the bacterial activities. The antibiotics need to be chosen carefully based on the specific situation.

A more severe consequence of indiscriminate use of antibiotics is the development of antibiotic resistance. It is the ability of a bacteria to withstand the effects of an antibiotic. Resistant bacteria are more difficult to treat, requiring alternative medications or higher doses of antibiotics. There are many causes to the antibiotic resistance. The major ones are:

  • Heavy reliance on common broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat all forms of illness.
  • Over-prescription of antibiotic drugs
  • Prescribed dosage of antibiotic is insufficient.
  • Patient does not consume the antibiotics as prescribed. (Stopping the intake when feeling better, and not completing the prescribed course).
  • Consumption of meat and poultry where the animals are fed antibiotics.
  • Self-prescribed intake of antibiotics without right evaluation.

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The effects of chewing gum on bad breath

People have been chewing gum for years now, mainly to get rid of bad breath. Chewing gum is not bad for health and may not cause detrimental health effects as it is generally considered safe for health, however, nothing is good in excess. Chewing gum is a sugary substance and we all know the harmful effects of sugar consumption in excess. Sugar-free gum is recommended to fight bad breath, although not as the only solution to bad breath.

Excessive use of chewing gum can affect your health in the following ways;

  • It can cause plaque buildup on the teeth because of the sugar content in the ingredients
  • It could cause a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) causing pain in the muscles that allow jaw movement.
  • Excess intake of artificial sweetening agents in chewing gums like sorbitol can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating or to an extent Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Instead use mouth fresheners that are recommended by the experts  like Non-alcoholic mouthwash,sugarless chewing gums are recommended to fight bad breath. Natural ingredients like cardamom, fennel, cinnamon etc. can also be consumed to curb the issue. These are, however, temporary solutions.

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