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March 24, 2019

Sauna: the hot new therapy for a healthy heart

Age is an uncontrollable risk factor for cardiovascular heart disease, unlike risk factors like smoking, drinking alcohol and a lack of exercise.Now, new studies have shown that a sauna a few times a week could help stave off heart health problems in older people, even amongst those who are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. 
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Heart & Blood Vessels
March 20, 2019

Home remedies for heart palpitations

Does your heart feel like it’s flip-flopping? Racing or fluttering? If so, it’s possible you could have heart palpitations. Heart palpitations are sensations that feel like your heart is beating really fast or pounding in your chest. Heart palpitations that are not caused by a medical condition are harmless and usually resolve on their own. Here are some home remedies to relieve the symptoms.
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Heart & Blood Vessels
July 16, 2018

Heart palpitations : when should you worry?

If you’ve ever felt like your heart has skipped a beat, fluttered or flip-flopped, then you’ve experienced heart palpitations. Heart palpitations are the feelings of a fast-beating, pounding heart. Exercise, stress, certain medications, and medical conditions may trigger them. Although heart palpitations can be scary or worrying, they aren’t usually harmful and are seldom caused by a condition. You’d usually feel heart palpitations in the throat and neck, as well as the chest. The beats can be more than 100 per minute and you can feel them when you’re active or relaxing. In some cases, along with additional symptoms, heart…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
January 8, 2018

Is it a panic attack – or a heart attack?

Pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweating, fear of losing control or of dying. Sound familiar? These are some of the typical symptoms of a panic attack and a heart attack. So how do you know the difference!? Panic attack Heart attack Symptoms usually peak after 10 mins. The pain lasts more than 5 minutes and the pain doesn’t affect the breathing.   Pain is concentrated in the chest, and fluctuates: rising & falling.   People describe the pain during a heart attack as constricting. The intensity of the pain can change. As a rule, the pain appears in the center of the chest and can move downward along the left arm and along the back. The pain…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
October 27, 2017

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced naturally by your liver and is used for many different things in your body. Cholesterol is one of the most important contributing risk factors leading to the development of heart disease and stroke. Others include age, gender and genes. What is cholesterol, exactly? Have you heard your doctor talking about LDL and HDL cholesterol? LDL (Low density lipoprotein) is known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol because it contributes to heart disease by ‘sticking’ to and narrowing the arteries supplying blood to your heart. HDL (High density lipoprotein) cholesterol is known as the ‘good’ cholesterol because…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
October 27, 2017

What exactly is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a “deep” vein. These are veins that travel deep in the body and are usually surrounded by muscle. DVT is a serious condition which can lead to pulmonary embolism. This happens when a blood clot in a deep vein breaks off and travels to the lungs – which can be life-threatening. Blood clots in superficial veins (which are close to the skin) don’t travel to the lungs, so there’s no risk of pulmonary embolism. Where Does DVT Happen? Deep Vein Thrombosis usually occurs in the legs and pelvis, but it can…
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Cholesterol
September 28, 2017

Is cholesterol really that bad?

How can something that is essential for brain function be bad for you? This­ is exactly the reputation that cholesterol has earned through the years. And yet, “Cholesterol is necessary to build and maintain cell membranes,” explains Dr David Perlmutter, in the book Brain Maker. “In fact, it’s vital for brain neuron function.” How publicity made the good guy look bad A few years ago, based on conflicting medical opinions, people ditched bacon and eggs for muesli, dumped butter for margarine and ran screaming at the mention of cholesterol. It was pinpointed as the main cause of atherosclerosis (fatty deposits…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
September 28, 2017

How dangerous are statins?

Statins have a great track record for helping those with heart diseases and high cholesterol levels. They help decrease the death rate in people with a history of heart disease and high cholesterol by as much as 20% and doctors are looking to use statins even more widely for other conditions. How do statins work? Statins are a group of enzymes also known as “HMG CoA reductase inhibitors” which block the production of cholesterol by standing directly in the metabolic path responsible for forming cholesterol. The purpose of statins is to raise the levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL = high…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
June 23, 2017

Varicose veins 101

They’re unsightly and look a bit like worms underneath the skin - varicose veins are an unfortunate side-effect of getting older. Commonly occurring among women, especially those who’ve had more than one pregnancy, these pesky irritants can also occur after weight gain. If you stand for long periods of time, you’re also at higher risk of varicose veins. How they develop Varicose comes from the Latin word: varix, which means twisted. They’re caused by stretching that occurs in the veins of the legs that are close to the skin surface, making the blood pool in the legs. They may bulge…
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