Knowledge centre: Cardiac

CV Homework: top 3 barriers and to how overcome them

  Not knowing the value of it  What is your cardiovascular system? + Your lungs provide an internal site where oxygen is diffused into the blood. + Your heart is the central pump where oxygen in the blood is propelled off to its various destinations. + Your muscles are the delivery destination where oxygen is diffused and combined […]

Beyond medication: diet and exercise for AF

Atrial fibrillation (AF) management typically involves a medical procedure in the form of a cardioversion or ablation, or pharmacological interventions that prevent blood clots and control heart rate and rhythm. It is commonly believed that non-clinical interventions, such as diet and exercise, will only help AF sufferers indirectly by reducing the overall strain on your […]

What’s cholesterol got to do with fat?

Cholesterol and fat are essential for good health; fat is used for insulation and as an energy source, and cholesterol is in all cells of your body as it is required to build and maintain membrane structure. Both belong to a family of molecules called lipids; these are insoluble in water, meaning lipids circulate your […]

Binge drinking and your heart

What is binge drinking? Binge drinking is classified as a man having 5 or more alcoholic drinks, and a woman having 4 or more alcoholic drinks, within 2 hours. Alternatively, it is drinking that brings blood alcoholic concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g% or above*. What are the effects on your heart? + You gain weight, […]

cardiac rehabilitation, blood pressure, living well

Demystifying blood pressure

We take your blood pressure before and after every CP+R session, but what is blood pressure and why is it so important? What do the numbers mean? A blood pressure reading is broken down into two parts:  “systolic” (the upper number) and “diastolic” (the lower number). Systolic blood pressure is the pressure exerted on vessel […]

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Our BSCR 2017 conference poster!

  Our research for the British Society of Cardiovascular Research 2017 conference presented the findings of when our Four Pillar Model is used to reduce cardio-metabolic risk factors. Click HERE for a larger PDF version. http://www.bscr.org  

cardiac rehabilitation and prevention

Managing heart failure with exercise

What is heart failure? Heart failure is defined as the inability of the heart to meet the demands of the tissues in the body. This inability often manifests itself in tiredness, shortness of breath and oedema, which is fluid retention in the lungs, abdomen or ankles. The causes of heart failure are varied and can […]

Kale

Kale (originally known as ‘cole’ or ‘colewort’) is a green, leafy vegetable very similar to cabbage. It is one of few green vegetables which grow well into winter (very hardy!). A light frost produces especially sweet kale leaves. It belongs to the ‘brassica’ family along with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, and exists in […]

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The anticipatory rise and why it is desirable

When you are about begin exercising, your heart rate will likely increase before you begin moving. The phenomenon is called the ‘anticipatory rise’. The anticipatory rise is the mind’s response to the body’s need to prepare for exercise. Subconsciously, the body knows it is about to exercise and therefore the brain sends several signals in […]

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Exercise is medicine

If exercise were a pill, it would be the most widely presribed and sought after prescription in the world. Accessible to all, with countless benefits and minimal side effects, we’d be rushing to get our repeat prescription. Its association with our long term physical health is well-documented. However too many of us only tune into […]

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