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Archive for: February, 2014
Wellness breaks that are good for the heart

Following the diagnosis of a heart condition it is important to find time to rest. Taking a short relaxing holiday may be more appropriate than destinations that require a high level of activity. While a wellness break is not going to be an adrenaline-fuelled vacation, it can be a great way of giving yourself the Read More

Healthy Heart Month – The best ways to help prevent heart disease

So it is Valentine’s Day, but maybe today, we should think about our anatomical heart rather than just heart shaped chocolates and red roses? The majority of us do not think too much about the health of our hearts until we are diagnosed with a heart condition – shocking when you consider that heart disease Read More

Pecan nuts can help cut heart disease

Nuts are really one of those foods – you either love them or you hate them (or cannot eat them because of allergies). But, according to this article, eating pecan nuts can lower the risk of developing heart disease. A study showed that eating pecans increases the amount of healthy antioxidants in the body, which help reduce inflammation in the arteries. This protective effect is important in helping to prevent development of heart disease.

I would walk 500 miles

Yes, we have all heard the song, but how many of us actually do that much walking. How often do we jump in the car to go to the shops, or visit a friend round the corner, even though we know that is both bad for our health and the environment. And with all the snow we have at the moment, people are probably even less inclined to walk short distances.

Scorpion Sting could help heart patients

Ok, when we think of scary creatures, scorpions are probably quite near the top of the list, together with spiders, and snakes. But actually scorpions may not be as bad as you think –they may be able to provide a useful function for people in the future who require a bypass.

The pros and cons of Statins

Statins, the cholesterol lowering tablets, are prescribed to around 6 million people in the UK, so it is likely that some of you reading this blog are currently taking statins. Statins work by reducing the amount of ‘bad cholesterol’ in the blood, which can cause the build up of fatty deposits in the arteries and lead to coronary artery disease.

Permanent Tan or Holiday Bronze?

In the UK, considering the appalling weather that we often experience, a big reason for going on holiday is often to get that elusive tan. We come home from our beach holiday, relaxed and refreshed, proud to show off our tan and hear the cries of ‘You look well’ from others left languishing in the office!

Water Water Everywhere, but not a drop to drink…

So you have saved up for that dream holiday and you are finally there. You are travelling in a hot exotic country and have done all your research and planning – so what is one of the cardinal rules? That’s right, carry your own bottled water with you. It can be unhygienic if you don’t have your own sealed bottles – you run a risk of food poisoning – and you don’t want to get dehydrated….

Arrhythmias and Travel

Arrthymia is a change in your natural heart rate – an increase or decrease in speed, extra beats or even missed beats – due to a change in the normal electrical pattern of a heartbeat.