EXERCISE AND LUNG DISEASE

EXERCISE AND LUNG DISEASE

Lung disease The secret of longevity is to keep breathing. Sophie Tucker Lung disease encompasses a large collection of widely varying chest pathologies. The most frequent include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD – what used to be referred to as chronic...
EXERCISE AND THE TREATMENT OF DEMENTIA

EXERCISE AND THE TREATMENT OF DEMENTIA

Does exercise improve brain function in dementia? Maybe. There are theoretical reasons to believe that the failing brain might be benefitted by regular exercise. The hippocampus is an area at the base of the brain which is concerned with memory and the processing of...
EXERCISE AND THE PREVENTION OF DEMENTIA

EXERCISE AND THE PREVENTION OF DEMENTIA

Dementia, a modern pandemic Dementia is an advancing modern scourge and has recently been reported to have overtaken coronary heart disease (CHD) as the most frequent cause of death for women in the UK. For men it is still in second place after CHD. The two most...
PARKINSON’S DISEASE

PARKINSON’S DISEASE

What is Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s disease (PD) was originally described as “the shaking palsy” by James Parkinson in 1817. The main features are stiffness, a fixed facial expression, difficulty with movements and a characteristic so-called “pill...
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)...
EXERCISE TO TREAT CORONARY DISEASE

EXERCISE TO TREAT CORONARY DISEASE

Exercise for treating Coronary Heart Disease (CHD): Angina Angina pectoris is the tight central chest pain, sometimes radiating to the left arm, brought on by exercise. The pain brings the sufferer to a halt and settles within a few minutes. Angina was first described...