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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Megan - Health Promotion Specialist
September 4, 2016
Do you really know what a stroke is? Or what on earth C.O.P.D. stands for? 'HealthSketch' brings you health education videos - providing a unique and visual way of learning about a range of health conditions.
Every day in Scotland:
Yet, many of us are sketchy on the facts and what these illnesses actually are. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) has recently partnered with HealthSketch to secure funding and provide information for their educational video clip on C.O.P.D. (watch it below).
**Update: since this blog went live, three new videos have been developed. Scroll down to watch them.
Who are 'HealthSketch'?
HealthSketch was developed by three junior doctors based in the UK, who believe that "the first step to improving your health is understanding."
HealthSketch works by using short video clips, where diagrams of illnesses such as C.O.P.D. and stroke are 'sketched' out - providing a simple yet effective explanation of these complex health conditions.
Scroll down to watch the HealthSketch videos on C.O.P.D., Stroke, I.P.F and CPR!
What is C.O.P.D.?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, shortened to C.O.P.D., is an umbrella term for a group of conditions which cause long-term damage to the airways. In C.O.P.D. the airways are narrowed, due to a variety of causes, so the air breathed in cannot flow freely in or out of the lungs. C.O.P.D. includes:
For more information about C.O.P.D. and other respiratory conditions, read the 'Common Chest Conditions' section on the CHSS website.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. As a result brain cells get less of the oxygen and nutrients that they need. Some brain cells can become damaged and others can die.
There are two types of stroke:
Click here for more information on stroke conditions and TIA's (mini strokes).
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, often shortened to IPF, is a scarring or thickening of the lungs, for which there is no known or identified cause.
CPR – Simple Steps to Save a Life
Sudden out of hospital cardiac arrest is a medical emergency. It occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, causing the person to collapse, become unconscious, and stop breathing or stop breathing normally.
Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death with only one person in every twenty surviving to return home to their loved ones. If left untreated it will inevitably result in death.
Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on what you can do to help save a life.
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***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.