HYPERTENSION: A disastrous Epidemic

The World Health Report identified hypertension, or high blood pressure, as the third ranked factor for disability-adjusted life years. Hypertension is one of the primary risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death worldwide. Sometimes these statistics are just figures on a paper or on a screen and we don’t feel…

The Heart Engine – Re – evaluation.

I will first and foremost like to apologise for the long pause, silence, break …. the past few months. In between relocating and settling in to a new job, it has also been a time of re evaluation for us at the Heart Engine. The Heart engine was born out of a desire to educate…

Cholesterol: “Making sense of your numbers”

In recent times, there has been a lot of buzz about cholesterol, but not everyone quite understands what cholesterol means or why it is important to keep cholesterol levels within normal limits. If this is you, then this post is for you. What is cholesterol? Why should I be cautious of my cholesterol levels? what…

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…

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…

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…

Cardiovascular disease in Africa: Why should we care?

Originally posted on The Cardiac Circuit:
Happy Monday!! This post is to get us all thinking about why cardiovascular disease is actually an issue that needs to be addressed. Quite understandably, there are probably more than a few of us who don’t care and who may not care unless the issue hits close to home…

1st world problem? think again!!! …

Years ago certain diseases such as cancer, obesity, coronary artery disease, stroke and other chronic diseases where tagged ‘1st world problems’ (I mean they created the burgers, ice-cream and oil rich fried chicken anyways right?). These countries battled with

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.