Heart attack

Heart Attack What is a heart attack? The clinical name for a heart attack is a myocardial infarction. Your heart is a muscle an in order to operate it needs a blood supply.  The blood to the heart muscle comes through the coronary arteries. A heart attack happens when...

Stress and Heart Disease

Stress and Heart Disease   More research is needed to determine how stress contributes to heart disease.  But stress may affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and...

Age and Heart Disease

Age As you get older so do your blood vessels.  They become less flexible and blood tends to move through them more slowly.  As we get older there is also some plaque build up.   Call back First Name*Phone*NameThis field is for validation purposes and should be...

Gender

Gender and Heart Disease Heart disease was once known as the man’s disease. After the menopause when women lose their protective hormones they begin to catch up and surpass men. Women and Heart...

Family History

Family History Family history of heart disease: If you have a family history of heart disease you have an increased risk of developing heart disease. You are considered to have a family history of cardiovascular disease if Your father or brother was under 55 years of...

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....