Find out about carotid endarterectomy and when it is necessary. Carotid endarterectomy is a procedure which unblocks a carotid artery. The carotid arteries are the primary blood vessels that provide blood to the head and neck.

The operation - the anaesthetic

Carotid endarterectomy can be done with either local or general anaesthetic.  Not all instances are appropriate for regional anaesthetic and not all places are able to offer the service.  Your surgeon will guide you as to which means of anaesthetic you will be offered.

For a general anaesthetic, a small needle is placed in your hand. The anaesthetic is injected via the needle and you will be sleeping within a few seconds.

 

Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Health

Our mission is to promote and enhance the health and well-being of communities through exercise, fitness and sport.

It's something that we're incredibly passionate about and we've worked hard to put together a range of activities that can make a real difference to the lives of everyone in the community. Being active is a wonderful thing and we hope that you'll find something on these pages that encourages you and your friends and family to visit us.

Dental Hygiene

A huge part of a person's health which is often overlooked is your dental health. Although you may think your teeth look healthy this doesn't mean that there isn't risk of decay or infection. To prevent any long term damage to your dental health visit your local dentist who will take a few steps to ensure your teeth are health;

  1. Assessing general condition of teeth
  2. Checks on fillings and other restorations for defects
  3. Tooth crack detection
  4. Tooth wear assessment
  5. Check for gum disease and infection
  6. Oral hygiene assessment
  7. Jaw joint disorder screening
  8. Diet analysis and counselling for decay control and prevention
  9. Assessment of dental aesthetics
  10. Oral hygiene monitoring and advice for the prevention of gum disease

Dieting

To lose weight you have to be willing to change what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat. You also must be willing to make exercise a part of your life.

Neither a 3-day diet, a 3-week diet nor a 3-month diet will help you "change" your eating habits unless it includes exercise and strategies for eating during the holidays, picnics, weddings or quite simply, life's events.
To live, you have to eat. Food is one of the great pleasures of our society. But to lose weight, once and for all, you have to make a few changes in regards to your eating;

  • Eat slowly and chew your food for longer
  • Eat without distractions
  • Set your table
  • Keep a food log
  • Eat smaller portions
  • Vary your diet
  • Eat foods that are full of colour
  • Don't eat late at night
  • Restrict your alcohol consumption
  • Start today