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heart

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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Surgery
May 12, 2015

Organ and blood donation

Organ donation is often spoken about in hushed tones. Nobody really likes the thought of it, let alone talking about it with loved ones and making a decision to become an organ donor. Thankfully, over the past few years, there has been more of a focus on organ donation, what it actually involves, how many people can benefit from your organ and tissue donations, and the fact that it’s really easy to register as a donor. (more…)
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General knowledge
April 5, 2015

Human kidneys – Two for the price of one!

Now wouldn't that be something? Walking into your local grocer and simply ringing up 2 new organs when yours start to fail you. Imagine a world where you can replace your kidneys, your heart, and your liver as easily as the milk that’s gone bad in your fridge!? (more…)
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CholesterolHeart & Blood Vessels
November 19, 2014

Cholesterol – a major risk of heart disease

High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. However, you can successfully lower bad cholesterol levels by making certain diet and lifestyle changes. Remember, the body only requires a small amount of cholesterol to function in top form, and when too much cholesterol is present in the diet, health conditions such as heart disease can develop. Plaque (a thick, hard deposit) forms in the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through properly. Over time, this build-up of plaque causes hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart disease. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
March 3, 2014

Can stress and grief actually break your heart?

This week, the long awaited trial of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius starts – and all eyes are on him. With the facts of the case laid bare though, it’s perhaps easy to forget Reeva Steenkamp’s family – and the pain they’re undoubtedly going through one year after her death. The stress of the trial seems to be taking its toll, and last week it was reported that Reeva’s father, Barry, had suffered a second minor stroke – just days before the trial was set to start. The question is, could Barry’s stroke be linked to the grief brought on by his…
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