heart disease

Stress and the heart

Does stress affect your heart It is often assumed that stress affects the heart and other arteries. Recent studies add further credence to this. Fortunately there are things you can do to prevent stress from affecting your arteries. I’ve shared what I do – but I am aware that what works for each of us …

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Job strain associated with heart disease

Researchers have found an association between job strain and coronary heart disease. People who experience job strain are 23% more likely to experience a heart attack, compared to people without such stress. Job strain results from doing highly demanding work with little freedom to control decisions about that work. Read my recent article, “Out of …

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Is testosterone safe?

Is testosterone safe? Testosterone gives us energy, boosts our muscle mass and bone strength, boosts insulin sensitivity (which is the opposite of diabetes), reduces body fat, and gives us more energy. As we age our testosterone levels decline. Typically, there is an average annual reduction in free testosterone of 2%. However, the healthier you are, …

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Views on cholesterol and statins

Views on cholesterol and statin therapy in the recent ABC catalyst programs I have had a number of emails from clients asking my views on a recent two-part program which created a storm of controversy. The first 30 minute episode had some good messages which unfortunately were buried underneath some very biased journalism. The second …

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How do you know if you have plaque in your arteries?

Why bother checking for plaque? Because 4 in 10 of us will die from a plaque-related disease – and this is preventable! What is plaque? Plaque is the gunk that builds up in your arteries – a bit like rust in pipes. If your arteries (pipes) become blocked everything after the blockage becomes stagnant and …

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Preventing heart disease – the Mediterranean Diet

A Mediterranean diet may cut the risk of cardiovascular events by as much as 30% in people at high risk of developing heart disease, as compared with people advised to eat a reduced-fat diet. These findings were presented at the International Congress on vegetarian nutrition in February 2013. Trial results: Low fat or Mediterranean diet? …

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Why have a V-Scan?

A V-Scan helps improve your likelihood of ageing without chronic illness by enabling us to screen your internal organ systems.   We can check your internal organs for heart failure, leaking heart valves and aneurysms (dilatation) of your aorta, as well as checking your abdominal organs for signs of cancer and other diseases before they …

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