Alcohol and Heart Disease

Alcohol Alcohol and heart disease are strongly linked.  Below please see the recommendations for both men and women. Men: 17 standard drinks (=170 grams (or 210 mls) of pure alcohol), spread out over the course of the week with at least two to three alcohol free days...

Cholesterol

Cholesterol Cholesterol is a type of fat that is found in your body.  When your blood carries too much cholesterol it begins to stick to the walls of your arteries and this will narrow the artery.  It is important therefore to keep your cholesterol within normal...

Blood Pressure

 Blood Pressure What is blood pressure? Blood pressure measures how strongly blood presses against the walls of the arteries as it is pumped around your body by your heart. If the pressure is too high it puts extra strain on your heart and your arteries so it makes...

Smoking

Smoking and heart disease Smoking is one of the major risk factors of heart disease. The chemicals in tobacco smoke cause damage to the structure of your heart.  They also damage the walls of the arteries.  This damage causes a risk of atherosclerosis which is a waxy...

Heart Failure

HEART FAILURE What is heart failure? The heart is a pump which is responsible for pumping blood around the body. The blood delivers oxygen to the cells around the body to produce energy. When someone has heart failure it means that this pump is not working properly....