High Blood Pressure Pt 1

High Blood Pressure Pt 1

What is Blood Pressure (BP)? We all have “blood pressure”. Blood pressure (BP) is the pressure of blood within the major arteries. It is expressed as a two-figure quantity – say 120/80. The higher figure is the systolic pressure, which is the peak pressure...
EXERCISE IN THE TREATMENT OF STROKES

EXERCISE IN THE TREATMENT OF STROKES

The use of exercise in stroke rehabilitation Management of the acute episode Exercise is vital to the restoration of muscle function. Rehabilitation should start as soon as blood supply to the brain has been re-established to the best possible level.  It is usually...
EXERCISE AND STROKES

EXERCISE AND STROKES

  What is a stroke? A stroke is “a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off” (NHS). The affected area of the brain loses its supply of oxygen and nutrition, resulting in rapid and...
PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

Atheroma and Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) The cause of PVD Atheroma – popularly known as “hardening of the arteries” – can involve any part of the vascular tree. The most important ill effects of atheroma involve the heart (heart attacks)...
THE METABOLIC SYNDROME

THE METABOLIC SYNDROME

What on Earth is that? Well, it is a rather important cluster of some of the conditions which I have described previous blogs – and will do in future blogs. This combination of conditions, known as metabolic syndrome, make you prone to arterial problems,...
EXERCISE IN THE CONTROL OF BLOOD PRESSURE

EXERCISE IN THE CONTROL OF BLOOD PRESSURE

As I mentioned last week there is a range of effective drugs for treating hypertension. However all drugs have side effects and it is clearly better to start treatment by tackling any aspect of life style which may be contributing to the high blood pressure (BP)....