One of the most popular discussions in the Health and Fitness world is how to keep your Heart Healthy.  What ever the latest news is, it is always good to exercise to help your heart stay in tip top shape. Here is some of the latest news regarding Heart Health.


Oestrogen could hold the answer to why Women’s Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) rates are lower before menopause as this is when the oestrogen levels are higher. The oestrogen has an effect on the white blood cells produced by the immune system during trauma. Oestrogen is linked to preventing the white blood cells from moving away from the blood stream into the tissues, therfore reducing inflammation. Its the inflammation that is linked to the CHD. Could this be the clue to the reason that women’s CHD figures are lower pre-menopause? Research is ongoing.

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Diclofenac is said to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by as much as 40%. Researchers at Hull York Medical school say diclofenac should be restricted to prescription only. No need to panic, if you are concerned just ask your GP for advice.

For you Exercisers

So if you have been exercising today and wondering how much energy you have used to help keep your ticker ticking, check this link out below. See how much you have used and aim for a little more tomorrow!


Energy is measured in Kilo calories, Kcal, or large calories.

A calorie is the amount of energy required to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree centergrade. Thats 4.2 jules for you science nuts.

One of the best sources of information is the British Heart Foundation.  See the web site here http://www.bhf.org.uk/

You can sign up to a free postal magazine called “Heart Matters” this comes loaded with information for you to use, walking routes, success stories, check out the Crostini with roasted balsamic vegetables, olives and ricotta recipe. Yum


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