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Body's defence mechanisms - What you need to know about Fever

Fever is one of the body's defence mechanisms. When bacteria or viruses get into your body and cause it to malfunction, the body goes on the defensive and your immune system is activated.

When this happens, a central nerve in the brain allows the heat generated inside the body to be turned up from the usually constant level. This higher temperature level increases the metabolism and prevents the increase of pathogenic agents. A person has a fever if their body temperature rises above the normal range of 36 - 37°C (98 - 100°F). It´s a common sign of an infection.


About temperature measurement - Normal Body Temperature varies

Normal body temperature (normothermia, euthermia) is the typical temperature range found in humans. The normal body temperature range is typically stated as 36.5 - 37°C.

The body temperature varies. It depends on gender, age, time of day, exertion level, health status (such as illness and menstruation), what part of the body the measurement is taken at, state of consciousness (waking, sleeping, sedated), and emotions. Body temperature is kept in the normal range by thermoregulation, in which adjustment of temperature is triggered by the central nervous system.


As per the latest study of the WHO, more than 700 million people live with untreated hypertension

The number of adults aged 30–79 years with hypertension has increased from 650 million to 1.28 billion in the last thirty years, according to the first comprehensive global analysis of trends in hypertension prevalence, detection, treatment and control, led by Imperial College London and WHO, and published on August 25, 2021 in The Lancet.

Nearly half these people did not know they had hypertension. Hypertension significantly increases the risk of heart, brain and kidney diseases, and is one of the top causes of death and disease throughout the world.


Pre-eclampsia - The Importance of checking Blood Pressure during pregnancy

Preeclampsia is a serious blood pressure condition that can happen after the 20th week of pregnancy or after giving birth (called postpartum pre-eclampsia). It's when a woman has high blood pressure and signs that some of her organs, like her kidneys and liver, may not be working normally.

Pre-eclampsia is a serious health problem for pregnant women around the world. It affects 2 to 8 percent of pregnancies worldwide.


High blood pressure and atrial fibrillation increase the risk of cerebral infarction

Cerebral infarction refers to permanent damage to brain tissue caused by defective blood flow, or ischemia. The cause of a cerebral infarction, or cerebrovascular accident, is a blockage of the cerebral arteries.

Most often, the cause is a clot from the heart or carotid artery. A stroke often strikes completely unexpectedly. Symptoms usually peak quickly, within minutes. Less often, it takes hours for symptoms to develop.


Stressful blood
pressure - pick up tips
for lowering

The blood pressure-raising effect of stress is true. A sudden emergency causes the body to activate the sympathetic nervous system, which helps to cope with a tight situation. In itself, the effect of stress on the human body is appropriate, but as the stress persists, the body is overloaded.

Low blood pressure - symptoms of dizziness and weakness

Does it peak to get up when you get up or is you feeling powerless otherwise? When was the last time you measured your blood pressure? Low blood pressure may be the cause of shaky feeling. The good news is that unlike high blood pressure, low blood pressure is considered to be ...

High or low blood pressure? See blood pressure reference values

Blood flows in the veins of each person. It carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells as well as carbon dioxide and waste products out of the cells. As a result of the pumping action of the heart, the amount of fluid in the bloodstream, and the resistance of the peripheral blood, the blood flows ...

High blood pressure should be treated in time - Start here!

One in four Swiss of working age has high blood pressure. High blood pressure usually doesn’t feel like anything, so it can only be detected by measuring. High blood pressure damages arteries and strains the heart, and can pose serious health risks.

Measuring blood pressure at home - How to get reliable results

Blood pressure describes the pressure in the arteries during the contraction and resting phase of the heart. Blood pressure in a healthy person varies according to the situation and at different times of the day. The situation-specific pressure is affected ...

A good blood pressure monitor will detect atrial fibrillation

Back in the early 2000s, blood pressure was in Switzerland, always measured at a doctor's office. It was not until 2008 that research centers showed that blood pressure measured at home predicted cardiovascular disease much better than values ...
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