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Does running lower your blood pressure?

Does running lower your blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a common, yet potentially deadly condition. When left untreated, it can lead to heart disease and other serious health problems. While medications are typically the best course of treatment, did you know exercise can also help to lower your blood pressure? Running in particular can have fantastic health benefits, including reducing…

The Link Between Zinc Deficiency and High Blood Pressure

The link between zinc deficiency and high blood pressure

An important study carried out on mice, has revealed a link between zinc deficiency and high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. According to the findings of the research, a deficiency in zinc can alter how the kidney’s manage sodium. So, what do these new findings mean for patients and could zinc be the key…

role of uric acid in heart disease

Uric acid and the link to cardiovascular disease

Uric acid is a molecule in the blood that is historically associated with a very old-fashioned disease: gout. Yet in recent years, uric acid has gained a great deal of interest as a deciding factor in many of the metabolic health concerns that plague us and has also been identified as a determinant of cardiovascular…

statins or lifestyle changes

Should you take statins?

Statins are certainly one of the most widely used drugs in the history of medication and they have reshaped the treatment of cardiovascular disease, with an estimated one billion people around the world prescribed them daily. Statins are guideline recommended and do play a role in treating patients with heart disease. It is however important…

autoimmune heart diseases and Western diet

Western diet blamed for spread of autoimmune diseases

Serious health concerns caused by a malfunctioning response of our immune systems has been linked to the Western diet in new research efforts led by UK scientists. The body’s natural defence system can no longer tell the difference between healthy cells and foreign micro-organisms, leading the body to attack the body’s organs including the heart.…

who could benefit from functional cardiology

Who is suitable for a functional cardiology approach?

Following on from our article on the concept of functional medicine and how it benefits the patient, we now look at which patients could benefit from a functional cardiology approach. And, the short answer is, everyone with a chronic condition. Acute emergencies are – and will remain – the domain of traditional medicine. If you…

what is functional cardiology

What is functional medicine?

Medicine has evolved in recent years with an increasing focus on a holistic approach to looking after patients. Functional medicine looks at why illness occurs rather than just treating the symptoms and aims to restore health by addressing these root causes. The functional medicine approach is to consider each patient’s genetic and individual lifestyle factors…

diabetes and heart disease

The link between diabetes and heart disease

Every November the focus is on diabetes as charities raise awareness of the challenges of living with this condition. This year marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin, one of the 20th century’s greatest medical breakthroughs and still the only effective medication for diabetes, particularly of type 1. Controlling diabetes, whether through insulin, lifestyle…