St. Josephs Health Tips
Check your hand-washing technique against this expert advice:
- Wash in warm or hot running water. Hot water is much more effective than cold at dissolving materials, such as oils, on your skin's surface..
- Use soap to break up and dissolve disease-causing germs.
- Rub your lathered hands together for about 15 seconds. Rubbing helps to further loosen any germ-causing material still sticking to the skin.
What are the warning signs of a heart attack?
While each individual may experience symptoms differently, the following are among the most common symptoms of a heart attack:
- Severe pressure, fullness, squeezing, pain and/or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes
- Pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulders, neck, arms, or jaw
- Chest pain that increases in intensity
- Chest pain that occurs with any or all of the following additional symptoms:
- Sweating, cool, clammy skin, and/or paleness
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or fainting
- Unexplained weakness or fatigue
- Rapid or irregular pulse
Though chest pain is the key warning sign of a heart attack, it may be confused with indigestion, pneumonia, or other ailments.
If you or someone you know exhibits any of these warning signs, act immediately. Call 911.
Put the Brakes on Overexposure to the Sun
The side and rear windows of your vehicle often don't filter out harmful UVA rays from the sun. Protect yourself:
- Drive with the windows up as much as possible. Apply sunscreen to your arms and other exposed skin, particularly on your left side (the driver's side).
- Use sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher on face, ears, neck, and upper chest.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin E (almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach, broccoli) to help protect against sun damage.
Junk a Junk-Food Diet
Reading food labels and fast-food restaurant menus will help you spot ingredients which, when consumed without moderation, contribute to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and stroke.
- Check the ingredients. If sugar, fat, or salt is one of the first three ingredients, the snack is likely low in nutritional value.
- Check for fat. For every five grams of fat in a serving, you're eating the equivalent of one teaspoon of fat. Eating a supersize hamburger with 62 fat grams is like eating 12 teaspoons of fat.
- Reduce sodium. Keep it to 700 mg or less per serving.
- Calculate sugar intake. Divide the grams of sugar by four to get the number of teaspoons of sugar. A cereal with 28 grams of sugar per serving has seven teaspoons of sugar per bowl.
- Knowing what's in your food will make it easier to eat healthy.