MET

MET (Metabolic equivalent) levels MET levels are an interesting way to look at activities.  When we talk about activities it is important to understand the energy cost of what we are doing.  The common term of reference for activity is the metabolic equivalent (MET)....

Atrial fibrillation

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION What is atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat of the heart.  If you feel a pulse of someone who has atrial fibrillation you will feel that the beat is irregular. Why was I started on blood thinning medication after I...

Chest physiotherapy

Chest Physiotherapy  Chest physiotherapy is an area of physiotherapy that can be misunderstood and quite often people are unaware that this type of physiotherapy exists. It is a core part of training in physiotherapy.  Some of you may have had some physiotherapy...

Top tips to preventing Heart Disease

Top Ten Tips to preventing Heart Disease There were many interesting developments in the prevention of heart disease identified at the National Prevention Conference at Croí in Galway on Saturday last.  Here are some of the main points: Be optimistic – preventing...

Fatigue

Fatigue What is fatigue? Fatigue can be overwhelming and is a symptom that is often underrated.  It occurs as a result of your body not being able to produce enough energy to meet the activity that you are performing. There are a number of reasons that you can address...

Breathlessness

Breathlessness Breathlessness is an uncomfortable sensation that can be terrifying.  If you have a longstanding illness that makes you out of breath doing very little activity below are diagrams of the easiest way to catch your breath without using up too much energy....

Obesity

Obesity Obesity is a major health problem in Ireland. Did you know: Nearly two thirds of Irish people are overweight or obese The Growing Up in Ireland study found that 20% of nine year old were overweight in 2011 with 7% of this age group being obese There are many...

Heart attack

Heart Attack What is a heart attack? 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 the flow of blood is blocked and the heart muscle cannot get...

CABG – Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

CABG -Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting What is a CABG? A CABG is an abbreviated version of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting which is a surgical procedure that helps improve blood flow to your heart muscle. Developing heart disease means that you have narrowing of the...

Stent

Why do I need a stent? The stent is a wire mesh tube.  When there is a build-up of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries blood flow to the heart muscle is compromised because of the narrowing. If this blood flow is compromised it causes chest pain (angina).  If a...