Heart attack

  What are the signs of a heart attack? There are a number of signs of a heart attack. It may be chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back.  It may be uncomfortable pressure squeezing or pain.  It may not be chest pain....

Obesity

OBESITY   Did you know that Almost half (48%) of Irish men and 57% of Irish women will be obese by 2030 54% of parents of overweight children and 20% of parents of obese children report that they are ‘about the right’ weight for their height (Growing up in Ireland...

Angina

ANGINA What is angina? Your heart is a muscle that needs oxygen to function.  Oxygen is delivered to the heart muscle by the coronary arteries.  The coronary arteries are usually able to deliver enough oxygen during exercise but if there is narrowing in these arteries...

Cardiac Physiotherapist

Cardiac Physiotherapist It is always interesting when someone asks you what line of work are you in? Quite often when I say I am a cardiac physiotherapist I am asked what is that.  There is a generally a good understanding of what a general physiotherapist does but...

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...