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Vivienne Balonwu on November 13th, 2012

What Is High Blood Pressure? It causes the heart to work harder than normal putting both the heart and arteries at greater risk of damage. High blood pressure, or hypertension, increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, damage to the eyes, congestive heart failure and atherosclerosis. Hypertension exists where the pressure at which […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on September 5th, 2012

What Is Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, SADS? Cardiac arrhythmias are a common cause of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, SADS. One in particular, Long QT syndrome, may be genetic in origin. Sometimes there are no warning signs, but in other cases people can experience dizziness or fainting spells. Sudden loss of consciousness or death often occurs […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on June 2nd, 2011

A study suggests that people who are most distressed during a heart attack have higher levels of particular chemical markers in their blood. People with an intense fear of dying during a heart attack could suffer a worse outcome, research suggests. London-led researchers asked 208 patients to rate their levels of fear following a severe […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on December 10th, 2008

What is Stroke? A stroke is when a part of the brain suddenly becomes unable to function. This is due to a lack of oxygen, and so all strokes have the common factor of disease affecting the blood supply to the brain. This usually occurs with little or no warning, and causes weakness and paralysis […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on December 5th, 2008

What Is Heart Attack? A heart attack (sometimes called a coronary, a coronary thrombosis, or a myocardial infarction or ‘MI’) is when part of the heart muscle stops working because not enough oxygen is able to reach it through the heart’s blood supply – the coronary arteries. Any heart tissue that stops working during a […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on October 6th, 2008

High Blood Cholesterol Cholesterol is one of the fats present in the body. It is essential for life, and is found in all human and animal tissues. It is carried around the body by the blood. Some cholesterol comes directly from food, and some is made by the liver.  

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Vivienne Balonwu on July 27th, 2008

High blood pressure is not a disease, but it is a major cause of heart disease and strokes. If you have high blood pressure and you also smoke, have high blood cholesterol or are generally unfit, the risk of you having a stroke or heart attack increases. How Is Blood Pressure Measured?

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