THREE times as many adults should be given pills after an early diagnosis of high blood pressure, claims an NHS watchdog. It wants to lower the eligibility threshold in a bid to prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes. New draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends one million adults with stage 1 symptoms now get drugs. It compares with around 290,000 who currently should receive treatment. High blood pressure is the biggest single trigger of heart disease and stroke. It is known as the silent killer, because the symptoms often go unnoticed until it is too late. Under NHS rules, it is a reading over 140/90mmHg – meaning around 12 million people are eligible for treatment. But the changes will see everyone with stage 1 high blood pressure get pills if they have a 10 per cent risk of developing heart disease within a decade. It is down from 20 per cent risk of heart problems, and will see up to 720,000 extra people offered drugs. … [Read more...] about Three times more adults should be given pills after early high blood pressure diagnosis, claims watchdog
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Smoking, drinking, not having time and the fear of needles. Four of the most common reasons why people decided not to give blood. One of the other reasons, of course, is that they don't want to, which is absolutely a respectable excuse. There are, however, a lot of people who say 'I would, but...' (insert one of the four above excuses). How many of these excuses genuinely stop you from donating a small amount of blood you can live without, to a cause that could save someone else's life? And is the experience with needles really that horrendous? To find out, we sent reporter Carly Odell to give blood and bust any myths about donation. Why I decided to donate I have given blood before, but it was about five years ago. I was 17 when I first donated (the youngest you can be) and I did it three or four times back then because I had a specific reason. When I was born (by caesarean) by mum … [Read more...] about Why these common excuses shouldn’t stop you giving blood
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 February 2019 Aaron Walawalkar (Second left) Harj Bahtti with his brother and sisters. Photo: Anthony Nolan Archant A 25-year-old professional boxer from Ilford is calling on potential stem cell donors of Asian heritage to come forward and help him win his battle against cancer. Harjeet Bhatti had been training at Bolton’s Fury Camp for his upcoming fight in Mexico, in October last year, when he began to get increasingly tired and suffer from shortness of breath. When he returned home the following month, he became so unwell he could hardly walk. His sister rushed him to A&E where he was diagnosed with rare blood cancer Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.“I couldn’t stand without support, my symptoms worsened, I had bleeding gums and I couldn’t walk,” Harj said.He added: “At the hospital we were told that if we didn’t get there that day, it could have been too late.”Harj is currently … [Read more...] about Ilford boxer, 25, calls on Asian heritage donors to help him beat blood cancer
PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 January 2019 Lorraine King Eugene Matthew donates blood with the help of donor carer Steph Kaye. Pic: NHS Blood and Transplant Archant Health chiefs are calling for more blood donations especially from the black community to help cope with a surge in demand from people with sickle cell disease. What is sickle cell disease?It is the name for a group of inherited conditions that affect the red blood cells. The most serious type is called sickle cell anaemia.Sickle cell disease mainly affects people of African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean and Asian origin. People with sickle cell disease produce unusually shaped red blood cells that can cause problems because they don’t live as long as healthy blood cells and they can become stuck in blood vessels.Sickle cell disease is a serious and lifelong condition, although long-term treatment can help manage many of the problems associated with it.Source: NHS NHS … [Read more...] about Appeal for blood donations to help people with sickle cell disease
For years fear stopped me from giving blood, so how did my first session go? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk In the time it would take you to grab a bite to eat with a friend or buy a new outfit, you could be saving a life this Christmas by donating blood. The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) requires 115 new donors to come forward every week but Andrea Copithorne, senior marketing officer for NIBTS, says that while "a single blood donation can help save three patients, only 6% of the eligible population actually give blood". https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/health/for-years-fear-stopped-me-from-giving-blood-so-how-did-my-first-session-go-37634308.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37634301.ece/a99be/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-12-18_lif_46603666_I2.JPG Email In the time it would take you to grab a bite to eat with a friend or buy a new outfit, you could be saving a life this Christmas by donating blood. The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion … [Read more...] about For years fear stopped me from giving blood, so how did my first session go?