SLEEP APNEA: a severe case of snoring or a sign of something more serious?

Snoring is a very common problem that has gradually become a socially accepted nuisance,  forged by the general assumption  that “well, everyone snores occasionally”. It is a nuisance capable of affecting the quality of life of the sufferer and also the people around them. But what we often readily dismiss as a bad case of snoring,…

Healthy Ageing : Overcoming the challenges of the ageing process

After climbing a flight of stairs, Alex is out of breathe, his joints and muscles ache so bad one would think he just crossed the finish line of an 800 meter race. He stretches himself to an upright position and he hears the popping sound of crackling bones and muscles, the one  he is getting used…

Story of a peri arrest survivor … part 2

We continue the story of our real stories feature. Maria Esangbedo is an A&E nurse in the United Kingdom. She is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend . She shares her story hoping that it would help, guide or encourage people to take charge of their health and have the strength and resilience…

Causes of Sudden Cardiac Death – ‘AF’

We previously discussed on the increasing prevalence of sudden cardiac death cases in recent times. It was highlighted that sudden cardiac death is usually caused by several cardiac related and unrelated diseases, with associated symptoms which could occur rapidly or slowly over a period of time. One of the major causes of sudden cardiac death…

The Emerging Sudden Cardiac death Syndrome …

This post is inspired by the increasing accounts of sudden death cases I have encountered in recent times, especially among individuals in the young and middle aged group. Most of these stories have been recounted directly by bereaved loved ones, while others are simply stories splashed across social media platforms.  One thing is however unanimous, they…

Chest Pain (Angina) and your heart

Background Progressive Heart disease is often preceded and characterized by certain distinct signs and symptoms that aid in its timely and accurate diagnosis. However, some symptoms are often masked, overlooked, or mistaken for the ‘paradoxical’ stress induced wear and tear of the human body, usually followed by a self prescription of ‘a little rest’. One…

Stroke Risk Factors – (Non modifiable)

In our previous post we talked about stroke, and gave a bit of insight on the two major classes of factors which increase the risk of stroke; They are Modifiable and Non-modifiable. This post will focused on the non-modifiable risk factors. Age: This is the most dominant non modifiable risk factors for stroke. Individuals aged…

Stroke 101 -what, how, why …

… When I look back at my postgraduate year, i’m filled with fond memories, especially memories of new friendships. However, I also remember the sympathy I felt for 2 of my Nigerian colleagues who lost their parents to stroke. Among 26 Nigerian students, 2 might seem like such a small fraction, however looking at the…

Cardiac Spotlight: Juliet Egbule

Originally posted on The Cardiac Circuit:
Our spotlight is focused on someone whose passion for CVD education is birthed from personal experience and a need to do something different from the norm. When we started The Cardiac Movement, it was important for us to connect with people who had similar goals and Juliet, the founder…

Making Heads or Tails of Blood Pressure Readings

WHAT? WHY? WHO? …. Have you ever caught yourself wondering what the whole fuss about blood pressure is? Why is it so important? Why do I need to keep my blood pressure within normal range? Who gets high blood pressure anyways? Can I control my blood pressure? Does high blood pressure affect only old people?

Go Nuts … for a healthy heart

    So, I often get asked the question “what can I eat to help my heart stay healthy?”. There are several natural foods that are yummy and beneficial in maintaining optimum heart health. Leading the pack are NUTs. “Nuts are defined as simple, dry fruits with one seed (very occasionally two) in which the…