PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

Atheroma and Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) The cause of PVD Atheroma – popularly known as “hardening of the arteries” – can involve any part of the vascular tree. The most important ill effects of atheroma involve the heart (heart attacks)...
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,...
EXERCISE AND THE MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES

EXERCISE AND THE MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES

Weight control is critical to the prevention and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). It is a combination of diet and exercise which can most effectively implement this control. Exercise in the prevention of diabetes As discussed lat week, T2DM is caused by a...
DIABETES

DIABETES

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is what I will be discussing. Type 1 DM is something else although it is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. T1DM is a condition whose onset is usually in young people whose pancreas fairly suddenly...
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...