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  • Is cardiovascular disease behind your sexual dysfunction?
  • Is cardiovascular disease behind your sexual dysfunction?
    The link between cardiovascular disease and sexual dysfunction is nothing new - especially not in men. In fact, researchers have known for years that erectile dysfunction is disproportionately common among men with cardiovascular disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease like high blood pressure and diabetes. While there are many causes of ED, including psychological ones like depr... ››› more
  • [20 November 2017]
  • Three ways rheumatoid arthritis patients can reduce their cardiovascular disease risk
  • Three ways rheumatoid arthritis patients can reduce their cardiovascular disease risk
    Rheumatoid arthritis patients are 50% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, partly because body-wide inflammation affects the blood vessel lining too, according to Eric L Matteson, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in the United States. Furthermore, certain rheumatoid arthritis drugs, such as NSAIDs and corticosteroids, can also contribute to cardiovascular disease risk. Thankfu... ››› more
  • [09 November 2017]
  • Your risk of cardiovascular disease is still higher if you're fat but fit!
  • Your risk of cardiovascular disease is still higher if you're fat but fit!
    Your weight can have a big impact on your cardiovascular disease risk. So what about if you're fat but fit? New research has revealed that carrying extra weight can increase your risk of heart attack by up to 28% even if you're otherwise healthy - meaning healthy blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These new findings support a body of evidence that suggests that being ‘fat... ››› more
  • [31 October 2017]
  • Four totally bizarre cardiovascular disease risk factors (you won't believe #4!)
  • Four totally bizarre cardiovascular disease risk factors (you won't believe #4!)
    Cardiovascular disease and stroke have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years... If you know even just a few things about cardiovascular health, then key risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight, smoking and a lack of exercise aren't all that surprising. However, there are more risk factors than you realise - some of which are... ››› more
  • [26 October 2017]
  • Omega-6 fatty acids might be good for your heart after all…
  • Omega-6 fatty acids might be good for your heart after all…
    All along, you've been told to consume omega-6 fatty acids - a type of unsaturated fat found in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils - in moderation. Now, the American Heart Association (ADA) is advising that you make sure you get an adequate intake of these fatty acids. The AHA is concerned that there's a public perception that omega-6 fatty acids aren't as healthy as omega-3 fatty acids, which are ... ››› more
  • [19 October 2017]
  • Stave off cardiovascular disease by upping your potassium intake
  • Stave off cardiovascular disease by upping your potassium intake
    Consuming the right high-potassium foods is key to preventing cardiovascular disease. “Having the right amount of potassium is critical for the heart to beat properly,” explains John Day, a cardiologist who specialises in heart rhythm disorders at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in the United States. “If your potassium levels are too high or too low, the heart is at increase... ››› more
  • [17 October 2017]
  • How to ward off cardiovascular disease by changing up your diet
  • How to ward off cardiovascular disease by changing up your diet
    A healthy, balanced diet is key to good health, but the stakes are especially high for people with cardiovascular disease. What you eat can either help protect your ticker or provide fuel for a heart attack. While there's no such thing as a perfect diet, little improvements sure do count. The diet plan you choose should depend on your cardiovascular disease risk factors. Read on too learn how y... ››› more
  • [12 October 2017]
  • Warning: Skipping breakfast can lead to cardiovascular disease!
  • Warning: Skipping breakfast can lead to cardiovascular disease!
    You know that skipping breakfast can leave you feeling flat and low on energy throughout the morning. Who would've guessed that it can lead to cardiovascular disease as well? That's right - new research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has uncovered an association between skipping breakfast and an increased risk of atherosclerosis - hardening and narrowing of the a... ››› more
  • [04 October 2017]
  • Drinking rooibos tea fights cardiovascular disease, research reveals
  • Drinking rooibos tea fights cardiovascular disease, research reveals
    In South Africa, cardiovascular is the number one killer after HIV/AIDS. What's more, deaths related to blood vessel and heart diseases are expected to increase by 41% over the next 13 years! It's already well known that a diet low in salt and sugar paired with regular exercise can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Now, research is revealing that rooibos tea can help your heart, too. K... ››› more
  • [19 September 2017]
  • Olive oil lowers your risk of coronary artery disease, research reveals
  • Olive oil lowers your risk of coronary artery disease, research reveals
    Adding olive oil to your diet - virgin or not - can improve your biomarkers for coronary artery disease. This is according to new research by the University of Glasgow. The research team developed a new way of measuring subtle changes in heart health over just a few weeks by practising proteomics, a method that involves studying protein patterns in urine. Read on for the full story. New rese... ››› more
  • [15 September 2017]
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