heart disease

Blogs about heart diseases

Exciting new campaign SIX TIMES OPEN in association with the British Heart Foundation

7Dec

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Twins, Jonathan and David Stretton-Downes, have partnered with the British Heart Foundation to launch an exciting campaign called SIX TIMES OPEN. The official launch happened in November and was attended by representatives from the BHF. The story behind the campaign – … Continue reading

  

Alcohol awareness week

11Nov

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Did you know that next week (14-20 November) sees the start of alcohol awareness week? An initiative run by Alcohol Concern (you know them- the founders of Dry January!) which aims to raise awareness of the risks of alcohol to … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Heart Rhythm Week

7Jun

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At talkhealth we understand the importance of monitoring your health for any irregularities. Very often we brush off unusual activity in our bodies and ignore any tell-tale signs telling ourselves ‘It’ll be fine, it’ll pass’. In line with Heart Rhythm … Continue reading

  

What is causing my chest pain?

7Jun

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There are numerous causes for chest pain and fortunately most chest pain is harmless. However it is important to be aware of the more serious causes of chest pain and if you have any worries at all you should seek … Continue reading

  

All You Need to Know About High Cholesterol

11Jan

High cholesterol is a disease that plagues worldwide (WHO, 2015). Every now and then, a new patient is diagnosed with high cholesterol, and asked to make major changes in life if he wants to live longer. Cholesterol: The Basics Cholesterol … Continue reading

  

Control Your High Blood Pressure

8Jan

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          Every now and then, at least one person is declared a patient of hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension is a disease when the blood pressure of a person elevates as compared to average. All … Continue reading

  

Sugar Consumption

21Dec

Our Love Affair With Sugar: Sweet Treat or Public Enemy Number One? Sugar is getting a lot of negative press of late. Books like David Gillespie’s “Sweet Poison” and Dr. Robert Lustig and John Yudkin’s “Pure, White, and Deadly” have … Continue reading

  

The miracle that is aspirin

28Sep

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Aspirin has been around a long time. It was first marketed by a German pharmaceutical company Bayer in 1898 as a cough suppressant and a ‘non-addictive’ substitute for morphine. Although acetylsalicylic acid (the chemical name for aspirin) was only first … Continue reading

  

Sudden death in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices: a review of research from the USA

27Aug

Take note but don’t worry, Dr Ian Beeton, Consultant Cardiologist writes. Many of our ICD patients will have seen recent newspaper articles with headlines from the USA such as this in The Daily Mail ‘Faulty pacemakers killing 2,000 a year: … Continue reading

  

E-cigarettes. I am confused.

21Aug

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I admit I am a little out of touch with latest trends and e -cigarettes are no exception . I like many tried cigarettes in my teens but did not like them and never got the habit. I understand that … Continue reading

  

Stay cool. It’s going to be hot.

29Jun

Eczema: 5 dilemmas for parents in summer

A heat wave is forecast with temperatures rising above 30 degrees centigrade. Detrimental health effects of hot weather include dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke , which is a medical emergency and can be fatal. Generally the risk of these … Continue reading

  

Coronary Heart Disease – How we treat it in 2015

25Jun

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Coronary heart disease, often called ischaemic heart disease is a serious condition and its symptoms include chest pain (angina), heart attacks and heart failure. Not every sufferer presents the same symptoms however, and some patients may not experience any symptoms … Continue reading

  

Dream a little dream.

8Dec

Lets talk about inspiration.  Specifically inspiration to lose weight. Why are you putting yourself through the upheaval of making all these changes?  Lets face it, its a right pain in the arse so whats your motivation? Are you doing it … Continue reading

  

Drugs for Heart Failure: New and Old

9Oct

My patients have been asking me about the new ‘wonder-drug’ for heart failure, as reported in the ‘Daily Mail’, so I am sure they have been asking you the same thing. The drug is LCZ696* (angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor) and in … Continue reading

  

Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards

27Jun

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talkhealth are proud to be supporting the Challenge ‘eHealth innovation Awards’. Please see details below. Expressions of interest are now open for the ‘Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards’.  The event sponsored by the Welsh Government offers SMEs, clinicians, healthcare workers, patients, … Continue reading

  

Genuine and practical help for people with weight issues?…

28May

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Today’s newspaper headlines highlight the NICE guidelines that make “recommendations on the provision of effective multi-component lifestyle weight management services for adults who are overweight or obese (aged 18 and over)”.  The major health problems often cited as a consequence of obesity … Continue reading

  

Your ICD and the DVLA

29Apr

Driving restrictions / Contacting the DVLA You can find the DVLA ‘At a glance’ guide here. One of our members has spent many hours attempting to determine the most straightforward and simple way to inform the DVLA following your device … Continue reading

  

Help save a life on International Women’s Day

12Mar

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A straight forward conversation with the woman you love about her heart could be enough to save her life, says the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Maureen Talbot, a Senior Cardiac Nurse at the BHF, said: “Too few women realise that … Continue reading

  

Dr Google visited by almost half the nation online

28Oct

BHF launch film series to help ease patient fears about common heart tests and treatments The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has launched a series of online videos and DVDs to help ease patients’ fears and anxieties about common heart tests … Continue reading

  

High Cholesterol In Women Does Not Have The Not Same Heart Attack Risk As For Men

13Oct

Women get protection from their hormones for reducing heart attack risk, and it is progesterone that makes the difference. It is something I have trying to tell doctors for years – sadly with little success – which is what Dr … Continue reading

  

Reduce Blood Pressure Using Self-Hypnosis

11Oct

With the festive season being advertised already (!) I recall that last year I certainly ate too much. When speaking with a friend, he told me that they were not able to partake in so much chocolate related gluttony as … Continue reading

  

BLOOD PRESSURE AWARENESS WEEK

17Sep

September 16 is the start of making more people aware of the dangers of high blood pressure, and offering free checks throughout the country.  What are the risks? In about 90% of cases, there is no obvious underling medical cause … Continue reading

  

Skiing, hiking and ICDs

9Aug

ICDC Surrey is the support group for patients who have implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and their families. We are based at St Peters Hospital, Chertsey, but members are welcome from Royal Surrey County Hospital, Epsom Hospital, Frimley Park Hospital and East … Continue reading

  

Lowering the odds.

3Jul

Everyone knows how to lose weight.  Its not rocket science!  It may not be easy, but its not difficult. Like playing the lottery, the rules may be simple and the prize life changing but the odds are enormous.  So, what … Continue reading

  

ICDs and airport security

29Apr

This information was provided by MHRA to ICDC Surrey for our patients, regarding the use of airport security body scanners and implanted electronic medical devices such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and neurostimulators. During their travels air passengers will encounter … Continue reading

  

Travel with an ICD – just do it!

24Apr

One of our patients writes about travelling with an ICD. Having been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and having an ICD implanted is not really good news. In the great scheme of things its probably means my days on this earth … Continue reading

  

Cardiac Surgery Fiasco at the Leeds Health Trust

9Apr

As a resident of Leeds, a professional in the healthcare sector and a member of the Leeds Hospitals Trust it would be a understatement to say that I am interested in the recent saga of childrens cardiac surgery at the … Continue reading

  

Government drive to help cut salt consumption by a quarter

12Mar

Government drive to help cut salt consumption by a quarter

A major drive to help reduce the amount of salt we eat by a quarter, including by setting targets with food companies, has been launched today by Public Health Minister Anna Soubry. Research figures show that more than half the … Continue reading

  

Exercising with an ICD

7Mar

Research has shown that regular exercise and physical activity have numerous benefits for people fitted with an ICD. These include improving your heart and lung function, increasing life expectancy as well as boosting your confidence and energy levels. One of … Continue reading

Health 2012: a year in headlines

31Dec

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In 2012 we’ve found that the standards of health reporting have – largely – improved. Where there have been health scares these have been sensibly and even-handedly reported, ‘wonder cures’ seem to have hit the headlines far less often than we’ve … Continue reading

  

The participation of women in clinical trials

20Dec

Clinical trials are vital for advancing medical knowledge and furthering the fight of human conditions and diseases. With continuing evidence and research in women’s health and more discoveries around women’s health, it is fact that women are valuable to clinical … Continue reading

  

Chronic diseases now the biggest healthcare burden

14Dec

An interesting article has appeared in PM Live, based on several articles recently published in The Lancet. These articles reveal that advancements in treating infections and tackling malnutrition have seen chronic diseases and disability become the biggest global healthcare burdens. … Continue reading

  

Heart strategy must help eradicate rich-poor health divide

5Nov

British Heart Foundation have today published a very intersting article about a new map showing death rates from heart and circulatory disease among older people. It has highlighted a growing gap between our richest and poorest communities. The research was … Continue reading