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A new cholesterol blood test which should become mainstream

When you have a blood test to check your cholesterol the total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and non-HDL cholesterol elements are generally measured. However cholesterol metabolism is highly complex and there are many other elements that can also be measured. One element called lipoprotein (a) is currently hitting the headlines. Lipoprotein (a) was first identified in

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How does your garden grow?

The NHS recommends that adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to help protect against heart disease. Whilst some people benefit from the exercise-focussed environment of a gym, others prefer to incorporate exercise into their daily regime such that it does not feel like exercise at all. We

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Avocados associated with lower risk of heart disease

Avocados have become extremely popular over the last few years and are known to be a good source of many vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated (i.e. good) fats. Now a new study has shown that people who regularly eat just two portions of avocado per week (one portion is roughly equal to half an avocado) are

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Salt awareness week

Salt is an essential mineral for most living things, regulating the levels of fluid in the body and aiding electrical signalling in the nervous system. A fine balance of the minerals sodium and potassium is needed to pull fluid through the walls of blood vessels from the blood stream and into the kidneys, where it

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Statins do not cause as many side-effects as people think

Statins are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the UK, and their benefits in terms of reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke and sudden death have been proven in studies time and time again. Many people refuse to even try a statin, believing the risk of developing side-effects to be too high. In

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NICE approval for handheld portable eCG recorder

Palpitations are a common symptom experienced by many people, but without an ECG taken at the time of symptoms, it is very difficult to determine whether or not they require treatment. The Kardia device by AliveCor has revolutionised diagnosis of the most common rhythm disturbance, atrial fibrillation, by allowing patients to record their ECG at

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anticoagulants and dementia in patients with atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is the most common rhythm change we see, and the risk of developing it increases with age, such that the lifetime risk is estimated to be around 37% for people aged 55 and above. The most significant risk that atrial fibrillation (AF) presents is the risk of stroke; the irregular heart beat predisposes

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High BMI increases risk of abnormal heart rhythms

It is a well known fact that a high body mass index (BMI) significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, to the extent that more than two thirds of deaths associated with a high BMI are actually caused by the consequences of cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack, stroke and heart failure. What is perhaps

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Why is salt such a sin? – Recently Updated

When most people think about salt, the first image that comes to mind is of the tiny white grains that we might sprinkle on our food to liven up an otherwise bland dish. Many people forget that salt is also an essential mineral for most living things, responsible for regulating the levels of fluid in

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The cardiovascular system brought to life

Medical News Today, a health information website in the US, has a page dedicated to the cardiovascular system which provides helpful 3D models of the vascular tree and heart. To learn more about the cardiovascular system, including the anatomy of the heart, the heart’s electrical system, what the valves do, and to interact with a

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