Air Pollution Increases the Risk of High Blood Pressure

Living in an area with high air pollution could increase your risk of developing high blood pressure according to a new study.

Research published in the European Heart Journal and conducted by researchers at the Centre for Health and Society at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf found that for every 100 adults who experience prolonged exposure to air pollution, one more will develop high blood pressure than in a group of 100 adults living in a less polluted area.

27th October 2016

Local Boston Pub Installs Defibrillator

Fundraising attempts at a pub in Boston in Lincolnshire have been so successful that The Anchor Inn in Frisney has now been able to invest in its first defibrillator, which cost them a cool £1,800.

A race night was organised to help raise the money, with hobby horses used instead of real ones and dice being thrown to decide where the horses go, with punters betting on the results, the Boston Standard reports.

20th October 2016

Potatoes/Cereals ‘Increase Heart Disease Risk’

A new study has been published suggesting that eating cereals, wheat and potatoes actually increase the risk of heart disease, while consuming dairy products is not linked with the condition.

Conducted by a team of scientists at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, the piece of research reviewed dietary habits in 42 countries in Europe over a 16-year period, with its results conflicting with current guidance on nutrition provided by governments, the Daily Express reports.

18th October 2016

Link Made Between Emotional Upset & Heart Attack Symptoms

An association has been made between being angry or emotionally upset and the onset of heart attack symptoms within an hour – in fact,
there is more than twice the risk.

This is according to new research from McMaster University, which has found that this is also true for heavy physical exertion during the 60
minutes before a first heart attack.

13th October 2016

NWAS’s Shoctober Campaign for Missing Defibrillators

Anyone who has been on a defibrillator training course knows how important these devices are at saving lives, which is why the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has re-launched its Shoctober campaign to help find missing defibrillators around the region.

The organisation is asking people to take a selfie with a machine and tweet them with the hashtag #FindTheDefib, so the service knows the locations of all public defibrillators.

13th October 2016

Community Raises Funds For Village Defibrillator

Locals from Wigglesworth in North Yorkshire have been taking part a walking event to raise money for a defibrillator for the community.

A group of people walked 45 kilometres (28 miles) on September 24th between Bolton-le-Sands and Glasson Dock near Morecambe.

11th October 2016

An Online Calculator Telling the True Age of Your Heart

Whether you feel young and healthy, your coronary health may be a different story. That is why the NHS has introduced a new online calculator to tell British adults how old their “heart age” is compared with their biological age.

Earlier this week, a new model of the tool hit the NHS UK website to show people if they are at risk of a heart attack and what age this may occur. It then offers guidance on how to make lifestyle changes that will reduce their “heart age” and lower their chances of cardiovascular disease.

4th October 2016

18 Electric Shocks Save The Life Of Bus Driver

A bus driver who had recently taken a leave of absence from work as a bus driver to spend more time with his family was brought back to life by a defibrillator and 18 electric shocks after he suffered an hour-long cardiac arrest.

Trevor Cowburn, 53, survived after paramedics used the life-saving device outside his home in Broadfield near Crawley, the Crawley News reports. He had just got back from taking his 13-year-old daughter to school and told his wife he was feeling lightheaded and sick.

29th September 2016

New Genetic Score Developed To Find People At Risk Of Coronary Heart Disease

Heart attacks are one of the main reasons that a person could require emergency medical treatment, with estimates from the British
Heart Foundation suggesting that about 50,000 men and 32,000 women suffer a heart attack each year in England.

Now, however, a new genetic risk score has been developed that could save thousands of lives each and every year by diagnosing the ten year risk of a cardiac arrest, helping doctors find those who are at risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD).

29th September 2016

More Defibrillators in Football Clubs

A young footballer who suffered a heart attack on the pitch has now made the call for more clubs to have defibrillators on site after the death of another player during a cup game at Brighouse Town FC’s stadium recently.

Lee Orton, 33, has said that there are still many smaller clubs that do not currently have these life-saving devices in the near vicinity, because they can cost up to £1,000, the BBC reports.

28th September 2016