Sunday, October 16, 2011

Health Tips for October 16

Health Tip: Suggestions to Help Manage Angina

Angina describes the pain and discomfort that occurs when the heart lacks a sufficient supply of oxygenated blood.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute offers these suggestions to help manage angina symptoms:

  • Know how long and how vigorously you can exercise without causing angina, and always stop exercising before you reach the point of chest pain or discomfort.
  • Do your best to avoid or limit emotional stress. Exercising and practicing relaxation techniques can help.
  • Don't overeat.
  • Don't push yourself too hard when it comes to work, hobbies, sex and other physical activities.
  • Know when your symptoms become severe enough that you should seek immediate medical attention.

Health Tip: When Symptoms Indicate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve that runs into the hand from the lower arm becomes squeezed at the wrist.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke mentions these common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Having a tingling sensation or numbness in the thumb, palm or nearby fingers on one hand or both.
  • Having fingers that feel swollen, even with no visible swelling.
  • Having pain that affects one or both hands or wrists.
  • Having difficulty moving the fingers.
  • Having symptoms that first appear at night, then during the day.
  • Having a weak grasp or grip.

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