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heart health

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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Cholesterol
December 7, 2016

The lowdown on cholesterol

You choose a delicious sandwich spread from the shelf in the supermarket and you put it down immediately because you see those scary words - cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is what gives cholesterol such a bad rep and it is the cholesterol that your doctor warns you about. It contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can your clog arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, a heart attack or stroke can result. (more…)
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Heart & Blood Vessels
June 8, 2016

What’s your healthy heart score?

Have you ever noticed your heart rate? Okay, in the middle of a horror movie, a first date or the down-drop on a roller-coaster, you might! But, day-to-day? Probably not. Just because it beats all the time, doesn’t mean that changes in its speed should be ignored. It’s time to find out how healthy your heart really is. (more…)
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Heart & Blood Vessels
May 12, 2016

Give blood – it’s good for you!

Sure, no one likes needles, but a single prick can save three lives! Did you know that that doing good for others without expecting anything in return makes you healthier and can even help you live longer? One of the easiest ways of helping others is giving blood. (more…)
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Heart & Blood VesselsHeart Disease
February 17, 2016

Heart-attack: do women have it worse?

You feel a searing pain in your chest, you fall down and then you’re in an ambulance speeding towards the emergency room! Isn’t that how all heart-attacks happen? Well, that’s how they look in the movies, but real-life heart attack symptoms can be silent and sneaky. And, just to complicate matters a bit more: women may get very different symptoms to men! It all seems a bit unfair. (more…)
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Heart & Blood VesselsHeart Disease
July 15, 2015

What you need to know about heart disease

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in many developed countries, and one of the main risk factors, are obesity. In the last couple of years, though, our knowledge about heart-disease has changed a bit. Here’s an update on the latest you need to know to prevent heart disease: (more…)
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Heart & Blood Vessels
June 7, 2015

When your heart skips a beat!

What is an arrhythmia? Arrhythmia is the medical term we use when there is a change in the regular beat of your heart - your heart may seem to skip a beat, beat irregularly, very fast or very slowly. Yes, it sounds frightening! So let’s take the mystery out of arrhythmias. (more…)
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
May 18, 2015

Atherosclerosis 101!

Athero- what?! Atherosclerosis is a term doctors use to describe the disease where your blood vessels get hard and narrow. Normally these blood vessels (arteries), that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body, are like a flexible and elastic hollow pipe. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
May 17, 2015

Your blood pressure-friendly, food-free diet

Welcome to your 'foodless' diet plan, guaranteed to lower your blood pressure. We’re not going to tell you what you can and can’t eat, but rather give you the facts and offer alternative treatment to ensure a heart-healthy lifestyle. (more…)
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Heart & Blood VesselsHigh Blood Pressure
May 14, 2015

Hypertension is a silent killer

May you never meet The Silent Killer – hypertension! And why is hypertension called The Silent Killer? Because you can have it without knowing! There are no direct symptoms. And high blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. These can also hit you without warning. (more…)
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