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The Harmony of the Heart and Lungs
The heart and the lungs work hand in hand to keep the body in ship shape.   How does that work? When we inhale air, we absorb oxygen which is then taken to the bloodstream, and ‘attaches to’ or oxygenates red blood cells. The pulmonary vein takes these oxygenated blood cells to left half of the heart, which collects and sends the oxygenated blood to every part of the body.   How heart disease a...
Why You Shouldn't Miss Those Trips to the Doctor
Okay, let’s be honest. No one gets excited about trips to the doctor. Not even doctors like going to the doctor sometimes. However, there are many reasons why you should have that regular check-up. Your health should be your number one priority and as such you should ensure that it is in excellent condition; doctors' visits do that.  Family HistoryYour family history could increase your likel...
What is Cardiomyopathy and How Does It Affect You?
Cardiomyopathy is a long word but let’s break it down. It simply means heart (cardio) muscle disease (myopathy); diseases of the heart muscle. Yes, disease with an "S". They’re four main types of cardiomyopathy that vary in signs, symptoms and treatment. They are: Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Restrictive Cardiomyopathy and Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia.   D...
Living with Heart Valve Disease
Heart valve disease is when one or more of the valves in your heart becomes damaged or diseased and affects the flow of blood through the heart. This can occur from either the valve not opening fully (Valve Stenosis) or if the valve does not close properly. When the valve is narrowed or has stenosis, there is a strain on the heart as it must pump harder to force the blood past the narrowing, a...
Glycemic Index and Your Heart Healthy Diet
Do you like to calorie count? Well, maybe it’s time you learned about glycemic index (GI). Knowing the GI of foods can help you to make better choices and control that stubborn blood sugar level more effectively. Glycemic Index is a relative ranking of foods on a scale of 1 – 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood glucose levels after they are eaten. When carbohydrates have a GI ...