Most deaths from coronary heart disease in Wales are caused by a heart attack In Wales nearly 10,000 hospital visits each year are attributed to heart attack About 50,000 people alive in Wales today – 35,000 men and 15,000 women – have survived an MI (the most serious type of heart attack) In the 1960s more than seven out of 10 heart attacks in the UK were fatal. Today at least seven out of 10 people survive Source: British Heart Foundation Image copyright Jules Conjoice Image caption Mrs Conjoice said she is now determined to enjoy her life and has started going to music festivalsRead More →

LDL is known as “bad cholesterol” because high levels are linked with increased risk of heart disease. On the other hand, saturated fats – which are particularly bad for you – also tend to raise HDL, “good” cholesterol, which has the opposite effect. It is possible that a particular food can raise overall cholesterol levels, yet still be heart-friendly. Cholesterol check So is coconut oil a cholesterol-busting wonder food, as some claim, or is this all dangerous hype? Despite all the sound and fury that surrounds coconut oil there have been surprisingly few human studies carried out to test specific health claims. So for theRead More →

Most people will recover in about a week and won’t need any specific treatment, apart from a bit of bed rest, some paracetamol or ibuprofen and drinking plenty of fluids. But for some – the very old, very young or people with pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease – flu can be deadly. Is Aussie flu worse than other types of flu? The UK is seeing a mix of flu types circulating including influenza B as well as the H3N2 strain. H3N2 is not new. It was around last winter too. Any strain of flu, including H3N2, can be dangerous for people who areRead More →

They found women were on average less likely than men to receive the recommended treatments after a heart attack. Prof Chris Gale, of the University of Leeds, who co-authored the study, said this is because: “There’s misconception amongst the general public and healthcare professionals about what heart attack patients are like. “Typically, when we think of a heart attack patient, we see a middle-aged man who is overweight, has diabetes and smokes. “This is not always the case; heart attacks affect the wider spectrum of the population – including women.” Gender differences In one specific heart condition, women were 34% less likely to receive proceduresRead More →

For the first time in 40 years, emissions data indicates that the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the US comes from transportation. The previous heavyweight was electricity production, but now planes, trains, and automobiles (to name a few) have taken the lead. This isn’t necessarily bad news. The change comes as US electricity generation relies less on fossil fuels and more on renewables and cheap natural gas. But the automotive sector is lagging behind. More than 50 percent of urban pollution can be attributed to motor vehicles. The US Energy Information Administration indicates that carbon dioxide emissions emitted in 2016 by transportation increased by 1.9Read More →

In an email newsletter sent out Thursday, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand released its annual detox guide, which recommends ditching certain foods for the year ahead, in order to cleanse your body of all the toxins. The one thing that really caught our attention, though, was something called the Implant O’Rama system for an at-home coffee enema. What is a coffee enema, you ask? Well, according to HealthLine, it’s a type of colon cleanse used in alternative medicine that involves inserting brewed coffee and water into the colon through the rectum. And in the case of this Implant O’Rama system, you’d be doing all that by yourself.  Implant O’RamaRead More →

God & Man Are you a human? If so, you’ve likely been floating through the holiday haze, and now it’s 2018 and you have no tangible goals for the new year. Say what you will about New Year’s Resolutions, but thinking of a new year as a fresh start is a powerful mind hack for creating the kind of change you’d like to see in your life. Here are 16 legit resolutions that will actually make 2018 kick ass. Choose some or all, but make sure you have a plan that breaks each one into baby steps or smaller milestones, is realistic, and that youRead More →

Recommendation Currently cardiologists can tell from the timing of the heartbeat in scans if there is a problem. But even the best doctors get it wrong in one in five cases. Patients are either sent home and have a heart attack or they undergo an unnecessary operation. An artificial intelligence system developed at the John Radcliffe Hospital diagnoses heart scans much more accurately. It can pick up details in the scans that doctors can’t see. It then gives a recommendation – positive – which means that it believes that there is a risk of the patient having a heart attack The system has been testedRead More →