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Special feature

Preventing a heart attack

There's a famous saying: "Prevention is better than cure." Even if you've treated this saying with utter disregard till now, we urge you to start to heed it, especially when it comes to dealing with your heart. That's because curing a problem with your heart can be a tedious process and you'll almost invariably have to spend oodles of money. On the other hand, by taking a few simple preventive measures you'll be able to ensure that you'll have a healthy heart.

To learn about what exactly needs to be done to prevent heart attacks, we contacted eminent Cardiologist, Professor Mahboob Ali. He told Lifestyle, "Modern life is putting stress on people, and consequently many of us are suffering from hypertension. This hypertension is one of the main reasons why people suffer heart attacks and therefore it is imperative to try to remain as stress-free as possible."

He further added: "Another way in which heart attacks can be prevented is by consuming food which contains less fat. Presently, many of us are consuming food that has a high fat content, and consequently many of us are being diagnosed with heart ailments. If we manage to incorporate fruits and vegetables as part of our regular diet, the number of people suffering from heart complications will significantly reduce."

"The fact that the vast majority of us lead sedentary lifestyles is another reason why many people suffer from heart-related problems. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to at least do some exercise. Walking is a great form of exercise and so I urge everyone to do some walking every day. Even by using the stairs instead of the lift, people will be able to burn fat and consequently reduce the probability of having a heart attack," he said.

Obesity is also a reason for heart complications. In this regard he mentioned, "Many parents feed their children excessively. Such parents think that the excess food will ensure that their child will remain healthy, but actually this makes them obese. Besides heart complications, obesity can lead to problems like diabetes, high blood pressure etc."

Other factors that Professor Ali mentioned we need to carry out in order to prevent heart attacks include: to stop smoking, alcohol consumption and drug abuse, and to reduce fast food consumption, reducing salt consumption, and keeping diabetes under control.

Well, there you have it. Preventing a heart attack isn't really all that difficult. All it requires is a bit of discipline.

By Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
Special thanks to Professor Mahboob Ali

Shop talk

DVD Player
Do you still use a video cassette player to watch movies? If you do, then it's time for you to buy a DVD player. That's because a DVD offers much better picture quality than a video cassette, and so you'll have a much more pleasurable experience while watching movies. In other words, you'll be able to see much clearer images of Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Rowshan and all your other favourite actors and actresses. If you go to the Philips showrooms, you'll be able to purchase a DVD player in the range of Tk 6,490 to Tk 9,990.

If you place a cup of tea on your table or any other piece of furniture, you might end up with some terrible stains. One way that you can avoid this problem is by using a coaster. For those of you who aren't sure what a coaster is, it's a small piece of material put under a glass or cup to protect furniture from heat or liquid. At the branches of Aarong, some aesthetically designed coasters are being sold. Their prices usually range between Tk 40 to Tk 50.

Islamic Books
Would you like to improve your knowledge about Islam? In this day and age when certain individuals are deriding Islam, it wouldn't be a bad idea to do so, as you'll be able to get a clear understanding about what this religion is truly about. By reading Islamic books you'll gradually gain a thorough understanding about each and every aspect of Islam. If you go to Islam Prochar Samity (Elephant Road, Near Katabon Mosque) you'll find various Islamic books. Most of their books can be bought for less than Tk 300.

Adult Diapers
If an elderly relative lives with you and if s/he is incontinent, then it would be advisable to keep adult diapers at your home. By doing so, you'll be able to ensure comfort for both your elderly relative and yourself. Adult diapers are available at quality pharmacies and also at some supermarkets. There are many brands available in the market, and one such brand is Certainty. A pack containing 10 adult diapers is sold for about Tk 750.

If you love shopping for clothes then you are probably struggling to store all the clothes that you bought during this month. Well, if that's the case then perhaps you should consider going on another round of shopping. However, this time, first go shopping for a wardrobe and then begin your usual errands of shopping for clothes! At the branches of Otobi, you'll find that many spacious wardrobes are being sold. The prices of their wardrobes usually begin from Tk 6,500 onwards.

Soft Toys
Are you planning to buy a birthday gift for a friend or relative, but you're not sure what you should buy for them? If that's the case, then we suggest that you buy a soft toy. The cuddly nature of soft toys is something that appeals to most people, and so they're great to give as gifts. Soft toys are available at the branches of Hallmark. If you happen to live near Gulshan, you can also check out Purple Haze (Gulshan 2, Near Cooper's). At Purple Haze, prices of soft toys range between Tk 125 to Tk 5,000.

By Sayeed Mahmud Nizam




Do you give your roommates a headache with nefarious nocturnal noises, commonly known as snoring? Do you give the neighbours upstairs many a sleepless night with the same?
Snoring is a pretty common phenomenon, and everyone does it at least occasionally, whether they admit it or not. Usually, one is not even aware of the fact that one is merrily trumpeting away in one's sleep. It's usually the spouse, or in extreme situations, people sleeping in nearby rooms, that have to suffer.

The how
Snoring is caused when there is a narrowed passageway between the nose and the throat. The passageway narrows because the muscles in your throat are more relaxed when you sleep. When inhaling oxygen while the passageway is narrowed, air will have to move faster than before, and will hit the tissues of the soft palate and the uvula with more force causing vibrations, which in turn create snoring sounds.

The why's
There can be many causes to why one snores when they sleep, anything that causes the air passageways to narrow will likely cause snoring.

Snoring can be brought on by a stuffy nose, which can be brought on by a cold or sinuses.

The physical makeup of your body can be a cause; if one is overweight, or if one has a long uvula and/or soft palate there is an increased likelihood of snoring. Other physical characteristics that may bring about snoring include large adenoids and large tonsils, a long tongue, a small lower jaw or a deviated nasal septum.

Asthma and/or smoking can also increase the chance of one snoring due to the irritation and constriction of the air passageways which is brought about.

Sleeping on your back makes one more likely to snore because gravity pulls the tongue and jaw down to the back of the mouth and limits the air passageway.

No more snore
The following tips will hopefully give you relief with your snoring problems. It's important to remember that different remedies will have varying success depending on the individual.

Elevate your head by sleeping on a thicker pillow or multiple pillows will help reduce your snoring.

Avoid dairy products, which can cause mucus build-up right before you go to sleep.

If you are overweight, losing some weight will reduce snoring by increasing the space in your air passage way.

Sleeping on your side instead of your back will help to prevent snoring.
Try following a regular sleep routine.
Try taking in a little bit of honey before sleeping.
Don't eat a big meal right before bed.
Avoid eating "rich" foods such as cakes, cookies, chocolate and pizza.
Sleep on a firmer pillow.
Inhale steam before sleeping or sleep in a room with a humidifier turned on, which will reduce congestion and moisturize the throat.
If you are a smoker, stop smoking, if that is not feasible then avoid smoking right before you go to bed.

By Sabrina F Ahmad

On the cover

This week, we feature Kay Kraft. On the occasion of Independence Day, the fashion house has some special offers up for grabs. These are available in all Kay Kraft retail outlets.




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