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  • 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 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!)
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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]
  • The link between cardiovascular disease and depression explained
  • Did you know that you're four times more likely to die post heart attack if you're depressed? According to research, up to one in five people with cardiovascular disease will develop depression, and people who suffer from depression are about 65% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. So which condition comes first - cardiovascular disease or depression? Keep reading to understand t... ››› more
  • [26 September 2017]
  • 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]
  • Why women should be proactive in combating cardiovascular disease prior to menopause
  • Doctors are urging women with cardiovascular disease risk factors to be proactive in combating the condition prior to menopause. To find out why doctors are suggesting that women consult their doctor in their 40s to initiate a prevention regimen, keep reading... Many women say their doctors never talk to them about cardiovascular disease... Research by Harvard Medical School reveals that ma... ››› more
  • [18 July 2017]
  • You can prevent cardiovascular disease by taking olive leaf extract
  • Just about everyone is familiar with the benefits of olive oil. But olive leaf extract? Well, apart from the fact that it boosts your immune system and overall health, not so much… One very notable benefit of taking olive leaf extract is that it has an actionable effect on your cardiovascular system and thus can prevent cardiovascular disease. This goes according to new research from the UK. ... ››› more
  • [05 July 2017]
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