For years, heart disease has been seen as ‘a man’s disease’. While it’s true that heart disease remains the biggest killer of men worldwide, this commonly held view has serious consequences for women’s health. Many medical doctors miss symptoms of heart attack and heart disease in women, and women are less likely to be educated […]


Cannabis Triples Your Risk of Death from High Blood Pressure, says US NHANES Study

by Leigh 19 June 2018

According to an analysis carried out by the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), if you use marijuana you triple your risk of dying from hypertension (high blood pressure). The new study found that compared with non-users, marijuana users had 3.42 times the risk of death from hypertension. This is higher than the […]

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Fizzy Drugs Increase Stroke Risk by Twenty-Two Percent

by Leigh 13 March 2017

There’s been a lot of focus in recent years on low-sodium dietary interventions to cut rates of high blood pressure and stroke, and rightly so. But what if there’s another ‘hidden’ source of sodium in your life that could be raising your risk of death from cardiovascular disease? According to a study from the UK, […]

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Gratitude Journaling for Heart Health

by Leigh 7 March 2017

Journaling has long been seen as a useful tool for emotional wellbeing, allowing us to reflect on our experiences, process thoughts and feelings, and enhance our decision-making abilities for a happier emotional life. Now, researchers have found another potential benefit: gratitude journaling for heart health.

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Heart Health – There’s an app for that!

by Leigh 19 November 2015

You and your smartphone most likely already have something of a love affair, but new research suggests that your phone might actually be good for your heart.

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Why Erectile Dysfunction Can Predict a Heart Attack

by Leigh 7 May 2015

Problems in the bedroom are often a matter of the heart, but you wouldn’t necessarily link erectile dysfunction with heart attacks. There is plenty of evidence to suggest, however, that anyone experiencing erectile dysfunction ought to seek medical attention to ensure that this isn’t an early sign of cardiovascular disease.

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Could Probiotics Help Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally?

by Leigh 22 January 2015

Australian researchers are investigating the potential for probiotics to help lower blood pressure naturally. The scientists, who work at the Griffith Health Institute and School of Medicine, Griffith University, and Cardiac Services/Cardiology, Gold Coast Health, Australia, carried out a systematic review of the evidence from randomised controlled trials where people with hypertension took certain strains […]

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Beetroot Juice Lowers High Blood Pressure

by Leigh 15 January 2015

Few things beat beets for lowering high blood pressure, at least according to the results of a randomized phase 2 trial funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the journal Hypertension. A 250 ml glass of beetroot juice taken daily led to significant reductions in blood pressure compared to placebo in patients with […]

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Heart Disease, Sausage Link?

by Leigh 24 November 2014

Processed red meats, including sausages and ham, significantly increase the risk of heart failure and death from heart failure, according to a study published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. The report, by Dr Joanna Kaluza of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland, included calculations of an 8% and 38% increase in the risk of […]

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Coffee and Chocolate for Heart Health

by Leigh 12 August 2014

There are probably few things more welcome than some evidence-based advice to include chocolate and coffee in your diet to support heart health, but this is precisely the recommendation that can be taken from a recent study presented at the European Atherosclerosis Society 2014 Congress (EAS 2014). The study looked at the influence of dietary […]

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