CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE

CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE

The Coronary Arteries The heart, though full of blood, still needs its own arteries to supply nourishment and oxygen to the heart muscle.These are the coronary arteries. They arise from the root of the aorta, the body’s main artery, and wind round the surface of...
THE METABOLIC SYNDROME

THE METABOLIC SYNDROME

What on Earth is that? Well, it is a rather important cluster of some of the conditions which I have described previous blogs – and will do in future blogs. This combination of conditions, known as metabolic syndrome, make you prone to arterial problems,...
DYSLIPIDAEMIA

DYSLIPIDAEMIA

Please forgive me for giving you such a dreadful word – it means undesirable changes in your blood fats. This is a complicated field and I am going to greatly oversimplify it. Please don’t quote any of this back to a lipid specialist or, if you do, say you found it in...
EXERCISE AND BLOOD PRESSURE

EXERCISE AND BLOOD PRESSURE

The figure above shows the distribution of systolic blood pressure in the population. My very first Exercise Blog just one year ago was about blood pressure . Here is some more about exercise and blood pressure – please forgive some repetition. What is blood...
THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE

THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE

Is obesity a disease? There is disagreement in both the medical profession and in the general public about the status of obesity – is it a disease or is it merely the result of unwise lifestyle choices? 1. Obesity as a disease: Certainly obesity satisfies some...
SITTING IN THE TIME OF CORONA

SITTING IN THE TIME OF CORONA

In these  “stay at home” days many of us will have found ways to keep active and many may have actually increased their exercising. However most of us will have found ourselves doing much more sitting about. Why is this important? Beware! Exercise or no...