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....

Exercise testing

EXERCISE TESTING What is an exercise test? The main purpose of exercise testing is to measure your body’s ability to produce energy or in other words your exercise capacity. The test might include walking on a treadmill, cycling or stepping up and down on a step. It...

Fatigue

FATIGUE Why am I so tired all the time? Fatigue or tiredness is a very complex symptom and there can be many reasons why you may feel tired. Fatigue results from an inability to produce energy efficiently. This can be as a result of you doing too much or that your...

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....