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Why are Potatoes Good for Your Heart?

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Potatoes usually get a bad name for being the vegetable in fried foods. However, did you know that potatoes have a lot of health benefits? This vegetable was first cultivated in South America, specifically the Andes. They were brought to Europe by the Spanish, in the early 16th century, after which it spread like wild …

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What are the Dangers of Varicose Veins?

varicose veins

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that can appear anywhere on your body. These are usually found on the legs. Veins bring blood from various parts of the body back to the heart. In our legs, these blood vessels need to work against gravity to do this, with the help of muscle contractions and valves. …

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Can a heartbreak kill you?

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We may consider a broken heart to be a temporary feeling of longing for your significant other, however did you know that it could potentially cause death if the heart break was intense. A heart break can cause emotional and sometimes even physical stress. The emotional pain can cause a broken heart syndrome.  What can …

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Is your Heartburn Medication Frying up your Blood Vessels?

Heartburn Medication

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a disease in which acidic contents of the stomach get thrown up into the lower food pipe, causing damage to its lining. Its characteristic burning upper abdominal pain is often distressing and may be confused with that of a heart attack, thus earning its name ‘Heartburn’. WHAT DO YOU TAKE …

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Bad Cholesterol Reducing Super Foods

bad cholesterol reducing foods

It is essential to keep your heart health in order by controlling your cholesterol levels. In general, a dietician’s advice would be to cut out fatty foods. Particularly, foods with low levels of saturated fat help to keep your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad’ cholesterol levels low. However, you may be wondering what you should …

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Difference between Good and Bad Cholesterol

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is measured using a blood test, which examines your lipid profile. These tests should be taken at least once in five years for individuals over 20 years of age, according to WebMD. Men that are over the age of 35 and women over the age of 45 should undertake these tests more frequently. The …

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Silent Killer: Heart Attack Without Symptoms

Silent Heart Attacks

Typically heart attacks are associated with a range of symptoms, including lightheadedness, pain spreading to the arms, discomfort causing by pressure or squeezing of the chest. Other symptoms also include back, teeth, neck, stomach and jaw pain. During the event, the patient may also experience sweating, anxiety, shortness of breath and nausea. These are just some of …

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5 Benefits of Coconut Water You Didn’t Know

Coconut Water

In the peak of summer, coconuts are readily available in abundance to quench our thirst. Coconut water or ‘nariyal pani’ is not only considered refreshing to stay cool for the summer, but has also become trendy among fitness freaks as a low calorie alternative to energy drinks. Truth be told, there has to be someone …

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Why Take Blood-Thinners After A Heart Stent Surgery?

Heart Stent Surgery

It has been discovered that patients with cardiac stents, may need more than the usual one-year course of blood thinners. A heart stent is a tiny mesh that is inserted in order to increase the width of clogged coronary arteries. They are used to treat patients that are likely to experience a heart attack or …

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Virtual Reality for the Heart

Who would have thought that one day, virtual reality would be applied to surgical procedures? A term often associated with cutting-edge e-commerce logistics and state-of-the-art 3D animation technology, has become a medical marvel. Harnessing Visualisation Technology Canadian Journal of Cardiology recently published a report on a successful cardiac surgery conducted by surgeons at the Institute …

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