Knowledge centre: Cardiac

Testosterone, Health, Nutrition, exercise

The impact exercise has on testosterone levels in males and females

  Despite the stereotype as a male hormone, testosterone affects females as well as males. Low testosterone levels in men increase the risk of health issues and disease. If you have low testosterone levels, then exercise is the answer. What is testosterone? Testosterone is produced in the testes of men and the ovaries of women, it is […]

cardiac rehabilitation, clinical exercise

CP+R top picks at Pint of Science

At CP+R we love science and embrace any opportunity to indulge our inner science geek with others who share our passions. This week is the Pint of Science festival. A festival celebrating brilliant scientists and their research in an informal setting – making science accessible to everyone. Pint of Science is happening in 21 countries, […]

Exercise, lifestyle and the lymphatic system

  Soreness and stiffness in the morning. Fatigue. Bloating. Itchy and dry skin. Water retention. Brain fog. Cold hands and feet. Worsened allergies. Sinus infections. These symptoms could relate to a whole host of everyday illnesses, and yet combined they might also indicate a congested lymphatic system. Whilst we are often tempted to treat symptoms […]

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Heart-healthy pancakes

Not only are these pancakes good for your heart, they are also packed full of protein! Pancakes and topping combined, this recipe is a food diary winner. Recipe makes 2 servings of 2 thick pancakes and contains 25g of protein per serving.  Ingredients  For the pancakes: 1 cup of rolled oats ½ cup low fat cottage cheese […]

Developing lean muscle mass: What, Why and How

 Q. What does ‘development of lean muscle mass’ mean?    A. Through a combination of exercise and nutrition, skeletal muscle can be developed both in terms of size and function. Muscle hypertrophy, the scientific term for when muscle fibre increases in size, occurs when the number and size of myofibrils (the building blocks that contain the individual contractile units […]

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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