How yoga may enhance heart health

In addition to boosting fitness and easing stress, yoga may also help you embrace a healthier lifestyle

How yoga may enhance heart healthMany people think of yoga mainly as an activity that promotes flexibility and balance. But this ancient tradition also includes breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation. Together, these practices can lead to measurable improvements in factors connected with cardiovascular health, such as lower blood pressure, better sleep, and less artery-damaging inflammation. “There are four distinct but […]

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgery

According to a new study published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), patients who have severe obstructive sleep apnoea have a significantly higher risk of complications related to their heart in the first 30 days after major surgery

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgeryPeople having surgery may be more likely to experience cardiovascular problems afterward when they have a common night-time breathing disorder known as sleep apnoea, a study suggests. Compared to patients without apnoea, people with severe apnoea were more than twice as likely to die of heart complications or experience serious cardiac events like heart attacks […]

Dietary fibre and gut bacteria protect the cardiovascular system, reveals study

Beneficial gut microbes can produce metabolites from dietary fibre, including a fatty acid called propionate. This substance protects against the harmful consequences of high blood pressure

Dietary fibre and gut bacteria protect the cardiovascular system, reveals studyThe fatty acid propionate helps defend against the effects of high blood pressure, including atherosclerosis and heart tissue remodelling, a study on mice has found. Gut bacteria produce the substance, which calms the immune cells that drive up blood pressure, from natural dietary fibre. “You are what you eat,” as the proverb goes. But to […]

Heart disease: 6 external warning symptoms to look out for

The heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner. Although you can't see your heart beating in your chest, not without specialist imaging technology, at least – there are visible, external signs that can indicate if something is wrong with your heart, before you suffer from a heart attack

Heart disease: 6 external warning symptoms to look out forCreased earlobes One such external indicator is diagonal creases on the earlobes – known as Frank’s sign, named after Sanders Frank, an American doctor who first described the sign. Studies have shown that there is an association with the visible external crease on the earlobe and increased risk of atherosclerosis, a disease where plaque builds […]

Heart disease common among firefighters who die of cardiac arrest, finds study

Most firefighters who die from cardiac arrest turn out to have narrowing of the heart arteries or structural damage in their hearts, a recent study suggests

Heart disease common among firefighters who die of cardiac arrest, finds studyWhen firefighters become suddenly incapacitated on the job, it endangers their lives. It may also put other lives at risk as they work to rescue people from burning buildings or douse flames before they spread, researchers note in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Despite this obvious risk, research to date hasn’t offered a […]

Top twelve health benefits of swimming

Swimming is safe for most people. As with any workout, there are certain risks associated with swimming. If you’re injured or have certain medical conditions, be sure to check with your doctor before swimming laps

Top twelve health benefits of swimmingYou may have heard that experts recommend adults get 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Swimming is an excellent way to work your entire body and cardiovascular system. An hour of swimming burns almost as many calories as running, without all the impact on your bones and joints. […]