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The Covid-19 vaccine and heart disease

With the first patients across the UK now being vaccinated against Covid-19, many people with pre-existing heart conditions are quite understandably concerned about the vaccine and whether or not it might pose a risk to them. The British Foundation has a very useful Q&A page about the Covid-19 vaccine and cardiovascular disorders, which you can

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Back to the new normal

At the time of writing, London is just emerging from the second lockdown of the year and it is fairly safe to say that we are all hoping for a Covid-free Christmas and a 2021 that promises better times than we have seen in 2020. Whether life will ever go back to quite how it

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Cardiac care and covid-19

2020 has certainly not been the year that any of us expected, and we have all seen monumental changes in the way we live our lives day to day. Delivery of healthcare has seen a complete sea-change, with priorities inevitably evolving to cope with the overwhelming threat of Covid and the risks this poses to

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Grapefruit – the forbidden fruit?

Many people think that a fresh grapefruit for breakfast is a healthy way to kick-start the day, but in fact a single grapefruit or glass of grapefruit juice could have serious consequences for those who take daily medication for a number of causes. The reason for this is that grapefruit contains chemicals which affect the

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Herbs and the heart

Have you ever popped an echinacea tablet at the first sign of a cold or dabbed a spot of aloe vera on a patch of irritated skin? Well, you are certainly not alone. The complementary and alternative medicine market has seen a dramatic growth over the last couple of decades and continues to climb, with

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Business as un-usual

Now that UK lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease and private sector hospitals are starting to resume their pre-Coronavirus services, we are delighted to be back in our consulting rooms and able to welcome patients to our practice once more. The “new normal” has meant a number of noticeable changes to the way we work

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The plusses and pitfalls of prescriptions

Whether we like it or not, at some point during our lives we will probably all be advised to take a medication for something, whether it is a painkiller for a headache, a course of antibiotics for a chest infection, or a daily tablet for a long term condition such as diabetes or heart disease.

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What becomes of the broken hearted?

From time to time we all hear stories about devoted couples who have spent their whole lives together and then go on to die just a week, day or even an hour apart. In such a situation many people might be inclined to say that the widow or widower in question died from a “broken

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Can sleep quality affect cardiovascular risk?

We all know how miserable it is to drag ourselves through the day when we’ve had a bad night’s sleep. Unrefreshing sleep can leave us lacking in energy, irritable and feeling generally under the weather, but can it also have more significant longer term effects? Researchers looked at over 385,000 people without documented cardiovascular disease

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A glass a day = a stone in a year

Now that “Dry January” has been and gone, many people are guilty of returning to their tipple of choice and enjoying a glass or two of wine of an evening. Aside from the well known and heavily publicised risks associated with alcohol intake – strain on the liver, disrupted sleep, reduced mental alertness, and so

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New evidence that statins do not cause memory problems

Despite being the most prescribed drug in the UK, many people still worry that they are risking cognitive problems in later life every time they swallow their daily dose. Not only does the latest research demonstrate that statins are not associated with an increase in incidence of or speed of decline in dementia, but it

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