Connect with us

Health & lifestyle

HEART DISEASE MAJOR CAUSE OF DEATH WORLDWIDE –HOSPITAL

Published

on

The EverCare Hospital, Lagos, has said cardiovascular diseases are the major cause of death worldwide.

A cardiologist, at Evercare Hospital, Dr. Okoh Ewere said in a statement signed by the hospital that reports of the sudden death of previously healthy individuals either by slumping or not awakening from sleep were usually as a result of a heart or brain attack.

He added that a heart attack would occur when a part of the heart muscle did not get enough blood to function and when this persists, it would lead to the death of that muscle.

‘‘This shortage of blood results from a blockage within the lumen of the vessel. This blockage typically consists of fat deposition (arteriosclerosis) and platelets within the lumen leading to narrowing of the lumen and eventually complete occlusion. This process of fat deposition did not just suddenly occur but has been accumulating gradually over months to years.

“Fats are naturally and gradually deposited in our arteries as we age and may be part of our normal aging process and not necessarily harmful but this process is accelerated by some risk factors; hypertension, diabetes, cigarette smoking, abnormal cholesterol levels, family history of heart attack, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and age.”

He added that the blockage in the cardiac arteries could be ameliorated by dilating the lumen of the artery in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Ewere, however, said such laboratories were insufficient in Nigeria for the over 200 million people.

He said, ‘‘When symptoms of a heart attack occur, the sooner you get to an emergency room, the sooner you can get treatment to reduce the amount of damage to the heart muscle. At the hospital, health care professionals can run tests to find out if a heart attack is happening and decide the best treatment.’’

He revealed that heart attacks amongst the younger generation might not be due to fat deposition but illicit drugs like cocaine which sped up the heart to dangerous rates that its blood supply would no longer cope with the demand from the heart.

In prevention of the devastating effects of cardiovascular diseases, Ewere advised that lifestyle adjustments and dietary modifications such as quitting smoking, exercising, diet and healthy eating, alcohol limit, and stress control among others would be helpful.

For news and events coverage, photo features, contributions and adverts contact us via:
Phone: +2348029115783
WhatsApp: +2347037611903
Follow us via:
Facebook: @Words and Shots
Instagram: @words_and_shots
Twitter: @wordsandshots

Health & lifestyle

BENEFITS OF MORNING SEX

Published

on

According to an article published by the Healthlin, 5 Benefits Of Morning S£x. Here are 5 Benefits of Having intercourse in the morning:

  1. It is essentially childproof.
    Sometimes all it takes to get that alone time in is setting your alarm for ten minutes before the kids get up. By having intimacy first thing in the morning, according to Morse, you can reduce the likelihood that a young child will knock on your door or, in some cases, bust it wide open because they heard something go bump in the night and want to cuddle with you.

Additionally, if you schedule time to have intimacy to relieve tension first thing in the morning, you’ll find it easier to handle school drop-offs and last-minute homework checks.

  1. You won’t be overly exhausted.

Why not save intimate relations for right after you’ve had a restful night of sleep? A long day can really wear you out. Yes, Morse admits, “you probably won’t be overflowing with energy the moment you open your eyes.” But she assures that the journey there won’t take very long.

  1. You’ll glow nicely and naturally.
    Reduce the length of your cosmetic application to five minutes, or forego it altogether: The release of chemicals during a climax also increases estrogen levels, which can enhance the tone and texture of your skin and hair. When you’re already rushed in the morning (is that just me? ), this is very helpful.
  2. Early pleasure improves cognitive function.
    Having intercourse can enhance cognitive function and memory, so you’ll not only be laser-focused during the act itself but also later on in the day when you’re giving a presentation at 3 o’clock. Who really needs to go to Starbucks a second time?
  3. It facilitates later sleep.
    Not because it makes you tired (though an intense romp can), but rather because “when you have intimate relations and orgasm, your brain releases oxytocin, our feel-good hormone, as well as lowers cortisol, dubbed the stress hormone, as well as releases melatonin, which helps us sleep,” which is why it helps you fall asleep.

This chemical concoction creates the ideal mix for a deeper slumber, so you’ll enjoy a decent night’s rest before getting up early the next day.

For news and events coverage, photo features, contributions and adverts contact us via:
Phone: +2348029115783
WhatsApp: +2347037611903
Follow us via:
Facebook: @Words and Shots
Instagram: @words_and_shots
Twitter: @wordsandshots
Continue Reading

Health & lifestyle

EFFECT OF REGULAR SEX ON YOUR SKIN

Published

on

Regular intercourse is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Not only does it help you feel good about yourself, but it can help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful. Studies have shown that people who have intercourse regularly have healthier skin than people who don’t.

According to Healthline, during intercourse, there’s an increase in the rate of blood flowing through your body. This means that more of those blood cells carrying oxygen can reach your face.

When your blood vessels start to dilate, you get that bright flushed look, and a heightened amount of oxygen stimulates collagen production. This collagen that is being produced can prevent and get rid of wrinkles from your skin.

Studies have also shown that regular intercourse raises estrogen levels in your body. This can go a long way to help your skin because estrogen appears to aid in the prevention of ageing skin in several ways.

If you’re not having intercourse, you should at least try to have it twice a week. Even if you don’t feel like it, it’s important for your skin.

For news and events coverage, photo features, contributions and adverts contact us via:
Phone: +2348029115783
WhatsApp: +2347037611903
Follow us via:
Facebook: @Words and Shots
Instagram: @words_and_shots
Twitter: @wordsandshots
Continue Reading

Health & lifestyle

EVERYONE NEEDS A SEXUAL HEALTH CHECKLIST

Published

on

How do you know if you’re sexually healthy? Is it when you can desire and have sex as many times as you want, or is it when you’re free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)? Well, there’s more to sexual health than libidos and orgasms.

What is sexual health?

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sexual health as “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity.”

In layman’s English, sexual health is everything that affects your capacity to have a sexual relationship and experience sex in a safe, responsible, and pleasurable manner.

For some, sexual health involves the use of condoms to prevent pregnancy and STDs during sex and then cleaning up afterwards.

But as the definition above shows, sexual health covers a lot more than that.

In this article, we look at the elements that make up sexual health and organise them into a checklist for you to adopt towards maintaining good sexual health.

The checklists are general, but you can adjust them to meet your specific needs.

Let’s get started.

Mental checklist

Your definition of sex informs how you see yourself in relation to the act itself. It helps to prepare your mind and body to get involved in the act of sex in a way that agrees with your values.

Physical checklist

Sex is not an abstract concept. Are your genitals ready to go? You need to find out.

Before you rush to the doctor, start by examining yourself.

To do this, get someplace comfortable and keep a relaxed posture. Reach down and examine your genitals carefully for:

  1. Swellings
  2. Lesions or hard tissue
  3. Discolouration
  4. Ulcerations
  5. Abnormal discharge (especially females)

You’re already familiar with the normal appearance of your genitals. Use the signs above as a checklist and compare them with what you know as normal. If you notice anything unusual, see a general practitioner or a specialist and have it resolved on time.

If you’re a lady, you should examine yourself when you’re not menstruating. Men can check themselves at any time.

The goal here is to help you ‌better appreciate how your genitals look and feel when in good health so that you can spot signs of ill health if or when they appear.

By examining yourself at least once ‌a month, you will be able to detect changes as soon as they appear and take steps to resolve them before they get complicated.

Sometimes, self-examination is not enough. Physical exams can only detect signs or what you can make sense of. Other abnormalities require that you get a specialist’s assessment.

A specialist will help you to do tests such as:

  1. Pap smear (for females)
  2. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test (for males)
  3. Overnight erection test (for men having erectile dysfunction)
  4. Ultrasound imaging (for both gender)

Hormonal checklist

Hormones are a special class of chemicals that regulate the functions of your body. A special class of hormones called sex hormones helps to turn you on, produce sperm or eggs, influence the development of your sexual characteristics, and determine the reproductive cycle of a female.

Your hormonal profile is important if you want to have babies. As a man, hormones help your balls to produce sperm; in ladies, they assist the ovaries to produce and release eggs.

To find out if your body pumps the right levels of the hormone, see a specialist. The specialist will take your blood and check for the presence and levels of specific hormones in your body.

Common hormones include:

  1. Progesterone
  2. Testosterone
  3. Estradiol
  4. Prolactin
  5. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
  6. Luteinizing hormone (LH), etc.

The levels of these hormones in your blood will indicate how sexually fit you are.

STD checklist

From HIV to gonorrhoea, herpes, and syphilis, STDs come in various forms and dimensions. If you’re sexually active, you can contract any of these diseases, either via anal, oral, or vaginal sex.

Although the nature of your sexual relationships and the number of your partners influence your risk of contracting STDs, that you have sex is enough to put you at risk.

That’s why you need to get tested and know where you stand.

The list of STDs is long, but you can start by testing for these common ones:

  1. HIV
  2. Gonorrhoea
  3. Syphilis
  4. Herpes
  5. Hepatitis A, B, and C

These STDs are common to both sexes and may manifest differently. Nevertheless, some STDs are more commonly found in ladies than in guys. These include:

  1. Bacterial vaginosis
  2. Yeast infection
  3. Chlamydia trachomatis

Whatever the case, knowing your STD status gives you a chance to play it safe and healthy. Get tested today.

Contraceptives checklist

A contraceptive is any substance, device, or method that prevents you from impregnating someone (if you’re a man) or getting pregnant (if you’re a lady).

It’s quite easy to get lost in the heat of sex, and have a pregnancy that you or your partner didn’t plan for. A contraceptive helps you to avoid that.

Condoms are a readily available example of a barrier contraceptive, but like other options, condoms are not 100% effective even when used appropriately.

It’s up to you to choose the contraceptives most appropriate for you. From short-acting oral contraceptives to long-acting injectables and implants, you can choose the contraceptive that is most suitable for you.

Note, however, that some methods like total vasectomy and bilateral tubal ligation are not reversible.

For news and events coverage, photo features, contributions and adverts contact us via:
Phone: +2348029115783
WhatsApp: +2347037611903
Follow us via:
Facebook: @Words and Shots
Instagram: @words_and_shots
Twitter: @wordsandshots
Continue Reading

Trending