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,…

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 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…

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…

Heart Attack … the heart’s calling 911

  What is a Heart Attack? The heart is made up of muscle cells which require oxygen to function. However, when there is inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart muscles, they are starved and in just a short period of time, part of the heart can be damaged or die.

the HEART of the matter … the A, B, C’s

  I was just about to commence writing a series of enlightening posts on various cardiac diseases, how to identify them as well as other eye catching and somewhat interesting facts and figures. But then I thought…

day in my diary part 3 … the Lessons

10 minutes later …. (after some intense tongue speaking prayer sessions – yes i am a christian! even the nurses were scared) Oh thank you Lord! “I screamed. Legs? check! arms check! speech check! everyone heaved a sigh of relief. there was no way to check for other possible damage (neurological, or cardiac at the…

a day in my diary – my experience with heart attack – Part 2

#flashback  My dad was diagnosed with hypertension over 10 years ago, and was placed on anti hypertensives (drugs used to manage high blood pressure) PERIOD!!! the man was clueless about what the drugs actually did, their side effects or dangers associated with poor adherence.

a day in my diary – my experience with heart attack – Part 1

Experiences could either break you, or give you a lesson or two, its your decision to choose It started as just another day, a bit more exciting than usual as I had just taken a huge step regarding my application for a masters degree program in the UK. I was excited and daydreamed at the…