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The Undesirable Link Between Heart Disease and Pregnancy

photo_39594_20150724A complicated pregnancy can promote one of the most stressful periods of a grown woman’s life and as such, Cardiacare do not wish to cause further anxiety in our readers. Alas, news has come forward from the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, California which we believe should not go unnoticed. According to their director and senior study author Barbara Cohn, women who experience more than one health complication during pregnancy are at considerably higher risk of developing heart disease in their later years.

In America, heart disease is considered the foremost killer of women with a new study by the aforementioned Berkeley institute adding more fuel to this alarming data. As published on September 21st in the American Heart Association journal ‘Circulation’, the study found that “the risk of fatal heart disease prior to age 60 doubled or even tripled in women who developed pre-eclampsia, a sudden increase in blood pressure late in pregnancy.”

photo_24105_20130409To help support the study, the institution analysed ‘decades of data’ containing the health details of over 15,000 pregnant women between 1959 and 1967 in the local Oakland, California area. Barbara Cohn found that by 2011 368 of these women had died of heart disease and found that these where mothers who had experienced blood pressure issues during pregnancy. Despite this, 64% of women were found to have no complications, 31% had one complication and 5% had two or more.

The study pointed out that the most frequently acknowledged complication to occur during pregnancy was gestational blood pressure which would act as a precursor to ‘preterm delivery, low-birth-weight delivery, and hemoglobin decline’.

If you wish to read into this study in further detail we recommend exploring the current issue of the American Heart Association journal.

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Red Wine = Weight Buster? Think Again

photo_1839_20060807What a month for health news, first of all we have outlandish headlines telling us chocolate will help fight cardiovascular disease and now The Daily Telegraph have the gall to tell the nation that drinking “plenty of red wine” will help them lose weight. Understandably this headline has already come under intense scrutiny from countless health experts including a long form feature analysis by the NHS.

The bizarre study was incorrectly reported by certain UK papers as some kind of miracle which gave the go ahead for us become red wine guzzling stick insects.  You’ll also find it humorous to know that the study the press were referring to was carried out on mice instead of humans which arguably makes such findings null in terms of dietary relevance. The study was taken by researchers from South China Agricultural University and Washington State University with particular focus on the effect of ‘resveratrol’ on cells and fat tissue.

It’s true that resveratrol does appear in some red wines and can help mice produce brown fat cells (which grown humans have very little of) as opposed to white fat tissue which thus leads to obesity. The amount of resveratrol in red wine is very minor and given the fact that a 750cl bottle of supermarket slosh would contain 570 calories is hardly going to do you any good. Try and use your better judgement when faced with far-fetched headlines like this and always consult a healthcare professional if you wish to have a drastic change of diet.

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Depression and Heart Failure – Fatal Bedfellows

photo_16274_20100115It’s an unfortunate reality that heart failure rates in the UK are hitting an alarming high. Over 900,000 people across Britain have been affected by the trauma and aftermath that comes with heart failure – a figure deemed by Professor John Cleland a “modern epidemic”. Why are these figures so high? The answer lays in our lifestyles and complacency to dietary control but that’s a topic for another time. The latest study by the European Society of Cardiology has strongly suggested that patients who are recovering from heart failure who then fall into strong depression are “more than likely” to suffer a fatality within a year of their initial symptoms.

This is both startling and worrying, not only for people who may be in this situation but their loved ones and of course, the doctors and psychologists who will be working to rehabilitate them. The state of mental health treatment in the UK is frankly lacking and it’s shocking that in 2015 we are only now making evident strides in eradicating the shameful taboos that come with anxiety and depression. Cardiacare implore anybody suffering in silence seek therapy or medication as soon as possible, this is not something you need to live with.

Heart failure comes as a result of a weak or stiff heart muscle struggling to maintain regular pumping of the blood. The patient will then experience extreme tiredness and shortness of breath leading to, in most cases, a drop in quality of life should they recover. This significant lifestyle change affects people in different ways but the study suggests that mild to severe depression is more likely to occur “in the 300 days that follow” the attack.

Thankfully this study has sparked intrigue and The British Heart Foundation has assured the public they are aware of the issues that depression can cause in extreme cases. If you have been affected by this issue we strongly recommend you seek out help immediately.

The original report on this story can be read over here at the BBC.

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Are Vitamin Supplements Really That Bad?

A6P3XM bottle of vitimin C pills spilling out onto a white background vitaminIn this tireless age of digital clutter and opinionated noise, it can be difficult to know who or what to trust and take on board. The UK press are consistently printing tales of healthcare anxiety in an attempt to rouse attention and fear. The latest health scare comes in the form of vitamin supplements which are now said to be a potentially fatal catalyst of cancer and heart disease. The story is popping up just about everywhere after a decade long study at the University of Colorado Cancer Centre found that taking over the recommended daily dose would promote such illness by 20%.

fruit n vegIt’s not uncommon to find people forfeiting a healthy diet in exchange for junk food and vitamin supplements but you don’t need a medical degree to tell such behaviour will do the body no good. Supplements are meant to be taken responsibly and in conjunction with an already stable diet, anybody over indulging to compensate are, as common sense would tell you, doing more harm than good.

The test, which was lead by Professor Tim Byers had aimed to see if supplements had the same medical benefits as vitamin rich fruit and vegetables. After finding excessive pills increased the risk of potentially fatal diseases, they presented their findings to the American Association for Cancer Research. Cardiacare believe that, as evident with most things in life, too much of anything is rarely any good for you. Always follow the pharmacist’s instructions and medical labels, don’t over compensate and try and maintain a balanced, healthy diet.

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New Cardioline ‘Orange Series’

New Cardioline ‘Orange Series’

Cardiacare are pleased to announce the launch of the new Cardioline “Orange Series” range for 2013.

These smartly designed medical devices have been produced with a view to enhance more effective medical procedures by providing healthcare professionals with reliable and accessible, high quality diagnostic devices.

Cardioline’s smart design capability is a combination of superior knowledge, use of the most advanced technology and a total dedication to the support of the healthcare professional and their patients.

We can now offer devices to suit both primary and secondary users ranging from ABPM units, Monitors, ECG & Holter devices, up to full Stress-Test management systems.

For further information on the full product range visit our shop now or contact us to discuss.

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