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How to Identify Heart Attack among Women

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When heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same way among women as it does in men. Women don’t always get the classic heart attack symptoms that men get, such as a crushing chest pain radiating down on one arm. Still, some of those symptoms can happen to you, along with the vague or ‘silent’ symptoms that you might miss. To help you prevent that from happening, we’ve come up with a quick guide on how to identify heart attack among women.

Causes of Heart Attack in Women

Heart attacks usually occur when the blood flow to the heart is blocked by plaque build-ups. While heart attack usually occur on heavy smokers, obese people, and those with stressful lifestyles, everyone is still at risk of experiencing it.
Heart disease is considered as a number one killer of women, which is why it’s crucial that women learn its warning signs, know their family history of heart diseases, and visit their heart specialist Singapore regularly.

Heart Attack Symptoms among Women

1. Chest Discomfort or Pain

One of the main symptoms of heart attack is experiencing intense pressure in the upper back or chest area. This sensation isn’t always sudden or severe, and usually lasts a couple of minutes. Some confuse it for indigestion or heartburn, but if the pain doesn’t start soon after eating – or if it’s accompanied with nausea – then do visit your physician as soon as possible.

2. Upper Body Pain

Women suffering from heart attack before they go for a check by the heart specialist from Singapore usually experience pain in the upper body that resembles tooth- or earache in the neck, jaw, back and shoulder area. The pain can be sudden or gradual, and may come and go before becoming intense. It can be so intense that it’ll wake you up at night. If you ever experience this symptom on your upper body, do report it to your doctor or heart specialist in Singapore.

3. Stomach Pain

Gastrointestinal symptom is a more common heart attack symptom in women than in men. However, women often confuse this symptom with flu, heartburn or stomach ulcer. This symptom is a result of lack of oxygen and poor blood circulation. When experienced, the indigestion and nauseous feeling tend to last for several minutes.

4. Shortness of Breath

If you’re having trouble breathing for no apparent reason, then you could be having a heart attack. In case this happens, try breathing through pursed lips (as if you’re going to whistle). This method uses lesser energy to breathe and helps you feel more relaxed, thereby lessening the ‘winded’ feeling.

5. Sweating

Sweating, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath are commonly associated with stress. However, these symptoms can also be related with heart attack in women. According to Singapore health experts, sweating associated with heart attack feels more like stress-related sweating than from exercising, so if you don’t typically sweat that much (and there’s no other reason behind your cold sweats) do get yourself screened.

6. Fatigue

Although fatigue is a common symptom of other health conditions, it can also be caused by a decreased blood flow to your brain. If you’re having difficulties in completing your daily tasks because you need to rest more than usual, then blood may not be pumping throughout your body at its regular rate – and may mean that you’re at risk of heart attack. Other than fatigue, some women also report the feeling of heaviness in their legs weeks or months prior to a heart attack.

Not every woman gets all the symptoms, but if you do experience chest discomfort along with one or more heart symptoms, do contact 995 immediately.

Importance of Identifying Heart Attack Symptoms

1. Reduce Risk of Dying From Heart Attack

Women who suffered from heart attack are more likely to die due to misdiagnosis or delayed treatment. So if you think you’re having a heart attack, ensure that you say so when calling for an emergency ambulance. This helps in ensuring that your physician will consider the possibility of a heart attack, even if your heart attack symptoms aren’t the typical symptoms. As much as possible, don’t delay your heart screening in Singapore test and treatment if you think you have a heart attack or a heart problem.

2. Recognize the Difference Between Panic Attack and Heart Attack

Aside from reducing your risk of dying from a heart attack, understanding its symptoms also helps in recognizing the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack. A panic attack usually occurs when a person is stuck in a stressful situation, according to Singapore health experts. What causes a person to suffer from a panic disorder is still unknown, however, this condition tends to run in the family.

Women and individuals who are in their 20s or 30s are at a higher risk of suffering from a panic disorder. Some of the symptoms experienced during a panic attack include chills, headaches, flushed face, sweaty palms, hot flashes, twitchy muscles, trouble swallowing, intense terror, and fear of going crazy.

3. Immediately Seek Medical Assistance if You Experience Heart Attack Symptoms

If you’ve previously experienced a heart attack that’s accompanied with the aforementioned symptoms, then immediately seek the medical assistance of your physician. A person diagnosed with a panic disorder and is at risk of suffering a heart attack should request a heart screening in Singapore test from his or her doctor to properly monitor his or her heart health.

Women who consider themselves healthy tend to misdiagnose heart attack symptoms because they don’t think that it could happen to them. That’s why it’s crucial for everyone, especially women, to learn about heart diseases, live a healthy lifestyle, and develop awareness of the risk factors of heart problems to keep themselves protected.

The 5 Most Common Fatal Diseases in Singapore

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Although Singapore’s health and mortality rate is considered good, according to several health-related studies, the most common causes of death are related to lifestyle practices. These are diseases that are non-communicable and may be acquired by people through heredity or bad eating and drinking habits.

In a 2015 survey, external causes like accident came in only at 5th among the causes of death. The following diseases are the common culprits.

1. Cancer

The common types of cancer in the country that affect the women are breast, colo-rectum, lung and corpus uteri cancer. For the men colo-rectum, lung, prostate, liver and lymphoma cancer are prevalent. This is regardless of ethnic and economic background. There are types of cancer that can be cured, but statistics in different studies are conflicting.

2. Pneumonia

The symptoms of pneumonia resemble common colds so most people overlook the condition until the damage becomes too obvious to ignore. Pneumonia is a viral or bacterial infection of the lungs that causes inflammation from mucus and pus. The person will experience difficulty breathing, high fever and shoulder and chest pain.

3. Ischaemic Heart Diseases

This is also known by the name coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease. The blood flow and circulation of oxygen in other parts of the body is constricted. The arteries become narrower and affect the heart in the long run. The problem with this condition is that a lot of people aren’t aware that they have this until they experience a heart attack.

4. Cerebrovascular Diseases

When the blood supply to the brain is limited or restricted, the brain becomes inflamed. This could lead to a stroke or impairment and dementia. The person will experience an intense headache at first. Cerebrovascular diseases include thrombosis, hemorrhage, embolism, atherosclerosis, and aneurysm.

5. Hypertensive Diseases

These are conditions caused by high blood pressure. If hypertension isn’t managed, it could result to the thickening or enlargement of the heart, narrowing of the arteries, arrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, stroke and cardiac arrest. People with this condition are advised to lose or maintain the right weight, exercise, and minimize intake of cholesterol, fat and sugar.

Other diseases to watch out for:

Diabetes Mellitus

When the body has high sugar levels for an extended time, the person has diabetes. Hyperglycemia is the result of lack of or the failure to use the insulin hormone produced by the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is common among young people. The immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells. Type 2 diabetes manifests among older people and is characterized by the body’s inability to properly use insulin.

Kidney and Liver Diseases

When the kidney can no longer function properly, the body cannot clean the blood, filter extra water and control blood pressure. Kidney diseases are usually complications of diabetes, high blood pressure, and viral diseases. Liver disease on the other hand can cause vomiting and nausea, abdominal pain, jaundice, fatigue and weight loss. It is caused by alcohol abuse, different types of hepatitis, and cirrhosis.

How to Get Rid of Head Lice

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Causes and Types

 

Head lice, or Pediculus humanus capitis, are more common than you think. These are tiny bug-looking things that live and breed on your head. There are other types of lice that live on the human body. Pubic lice, also called crabs or Pthirus pubis, can only live in the pubic area and not on you head. Another type is the body louse or Pediculu humanus corporis. Their source of food is your blood so it won’t matter if you wash your hear regularly or not.

You can get lice if you come in contact with people who have head lice. It’s common among children. Head lice cannot fly so it takes head-to-head contact to get lice. You can also get them if you share personal items like combs, hats or caps, towels, hair accessories, pillows, and anything that your head comes into contact with. You cannot get them from pets because they can only survive on humans.

 

They make your head very itchy. If you keep scratching, it will leave your scalp irritated and reddish. Some people can also feel the lice crawling. They also lay eggs or nits that stick to strands of your hair. There are others who get swollen lymph nodes and eye infections.

 

Management and Prevention

If you suspect that you have head lice infestation or pediculosis, there are ways to determine this without going to the dermatologist. You can start by inspecting the scalp and strands of hair for lice eggs, especially the areas behind the ears. You can also use a fine-tooth comb. Comb the hair by small sections. In extreme cases, it is advised to get a haircut to minimize infestation.

 

There are over-the-counter lice shampoos you can use. Look for shampoos with any of the following active ingredients: pyrethrins, dimethicones and permethrins. Follow directions on the label. These medicated shampoos usually cannot be used as often as regular shampoos. Keep the contact with other parts of the body as minimal as possible when using the medicated shampoo. Don’t use more than one type of product. There are also shampoos made specifically for children. If you have an infant with lice, it’s not advisable to use medicated lice treatments. Remove louse by hand. Some are advised to use prescription drugs such as malathion, spinosad, benzyl alcohol, and ivermectin.

 

Don’t use conditioner, hair sprays, essential oils and blow-dry your hair when you use lice shampoo.

 

It’s also important to keep monitoring if the shampoo is working. Use the fine-tooth comb regularly until the lice disappear. Wash your bed linens, towel and clothing regularly. Dry clean items that cannot be washed. Clean and then soak your hair items and accessories. You might have to replace some items. Keep your house clean as well.

 

The best way not to get lice is to not share your personal items with other people.

How to Get the Most Nutrients from Different Foods

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You just prepare foods without thinking whether you are doing it right. You have to be aware from this day on that the way you prepare or handle the food can either make or break the health benefits they contain. With this, you have to learn how to prepare or handle food the right way.

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Here’s how you can prepare foods to make the most out of their nutrients:

Apple

If you are the type that peels the apple or prefer the sauce form, you have to think twice from now on – you are actually missing out its nutritional value. Be mindful that the skin is rich in antioxidant and fiber. If you peel it, you are wasting nutrients that can help with cholesterol and inflammation.

Meat, seafood and poultry

If you are broiling your meat, seafood and poultry, you are actually eliminating the nutrients. Cooking foods in high temperature will change the proteins and sometimes it can become toxic to your body. The next time you cook, make sure that it is at a lower temperature to avoid burning it too much leading to carcinogen build-up.

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Vegetables

Some believe that regardless of the way it was cooled, vegetables will always carry nutrients. You need to know that if you boil vegetables, you are actually transferring everything in the water and down the drain. If you want full nutrient retention, you can just steam the vegetables.

Tea

The latest fad here in Singapore is milk tea and you cannot blame the people. Tea and milk make an excellent pair but if you really want to maximize the nutrients of the tea, you should forget about the milk. There is a protein in milk that can decrease a compound in tea that has the power to protect the heart. Better drink tea plain or you can just add squish of lemon for flavouring.

Dairy

When you buy dairy, you always pick a low-fat one because you are taught that it is better. It is time that you know it is not actually for the better. When you actually remove the fat, there is a trade-off – sugar. Sugar in return is more harmful than the fats. So next time you buy dairy, quit thinking about low-fat.

Spinach

Spinach can be an excellent ingredient for your salad but you can still choose a warmer version of it by steaming it lightly. Steaming can still let the spinach retain all of its nutrients.

Hopefully you learned a lot and start to execute it. Your ultimate goal here is maximum retention of nutrients so you have to observe the right way to handle or prepare such.

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5 Foods That You’re Probably Eating Wrong

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You eat because you want to nourish the body and be healthy. Here in Singapore where life is hectic, you need all the nourishment you can get from foods to cope up. But the question is: are you eating it right? You might think that you are eating everything right but the truth is, the way you prepare and handle specific foods can destroy the health benefits they offer.

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You have to be aware of the foods that you probably eat wrong so you do not waste the nutrients. Here are some foods that you eat wrong and how you can make the most out of it:

  1. Nuts: When you are hungry, it is easy to grab raw nuts and eat it right away. You think that you get all the nutrients because they are raw. That is where you are wrong. Nuts contain phytic acid and lectins that can prevent nutrients from being digested and absorbed properly. The best way is to soak them first. Pecans, peanuts and walnuts should be soaked for 12 hours, macadamias and almonds for 7 hours and cashews for 4 to 6 hours. After soaking, do not forget to dry it either in a dehydrator or oven.

 

  1. Bananas: Actually banana is your go-to fruit. They are popular that you will see it in almost all households here in Singapore. It is time that you learn eating it solo is not the right way to consume it. Eating them plain is not helpful. Bananas have high sugar content so to help it metabolize faster, always pair it with fat like butter or almond.

 

  1. Strawberries: Nothing is more satisfying than eating a handful or bowl of fresh strawberries. Some people cut it first before consuming. That is not right. Cutting the strawberries will decrease its vitamin C contents. Vitamin C is sensitive to oxygen and light. The next time you eat it, make sure to eat it in whole.

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  1. Coffee: Your energy quick fix is coffee because of its caffeine. If you drink coffee right after you wake up, you are drinking it all wrong. You see, when you wake up your body produces the highest cortisol levels. Mixing caffeine with cortisol can actually intensify your tolerance making it less effective. Drink coffee few hours after waking up.

 

  1. Onions: You do not consider raw onions but it is time to change that. Raw onions actually have oils and minerals that can ease the breaking down of fat deposits as well as speeding the metabolism.

From these, you should now think twice before peeling a fruit or boiling a vegetable.

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