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SA’s trivial attitude to heart health

A survey conducted by Pharma Dynamics to determine how heart-aware South Africans are in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, revealed that nearly a quarter described their relationship with their hearts as ‘on the rocks’. (more…)

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Top natural ways to manage high blood pressure

Hypertension is a dangerous, chronic health condition that can lead to life-threatening cardiovascular disease, strokes and even kidney failure. It’s called a ‘silent killer’ as the symptoms of hypertension are often so subtle a person won’t know they have it unless they are tested.  (more…)

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The cardiac danger lurking in anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is an important psychiatric disorder affecting mainly young females and this condition is associated with significant morbidity and mortality in this group. The high mortality rate is multifactorial and cardiac complications are common and can contribute about one third of the total deaths. Many of these cardiac deaths are sudden deaths mainly attributable […]

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Early treatment of hypertension can prevent future disease

Millions of South Africans suffer from chronic hypertension, which is a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease, including heart attack and heart failure, vascular disease and kidney disease. There are often no obvious symptoms of high blood pressure, yet the consequences can be deadly. “People often ask their doctors why they should take tablets […]

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Six steps to managing hypertension

Unfortunately there are wide variations in reported prevalence of resistant hypertension and it varies from 3%-30% of hypertensive patients. The true prevalence is probably about 10%. Resistant hypertension is associated with an increased cardiovascular risk: 1and a half-fold increased in coronary artery risk, 3-fold increase risk for heart failure, more than 5-fold increase in atrial […]

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Threat of the metabolic syndrome

The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of the most dangerous heart attack risk factors: diabetes and raised fasting plasma glucose, abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. (more…)

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Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction has shown improved outcomes with evidence-based treatment but heart failure with preserved ejection fraction has not shown any improved outcomes with treatment demonstrating our lack of effective therapies for this condition. (more…)

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