Keeping your cool in the heat if you’re a Heartie

When the temperature rises, your heart has to beat faster and work harder to pump blood to the surface of your skin to assist with sweating to cool your body. This happens through dilation of the small blood vessels (or arteries) close to the surface of the skin). This can cause a drop in blood…

Magnesium – why all the fuss (and should you be taking it)?

You’ve probably heard of magnesium. You may even be taking it. Or at least thought about taking it. So what is so good about it, why all the fuss (aka is it all just a load of hype) and should you be taking it? In short, Magnesium is one mineral that ‘most’ of the population…

What supplements are heart healthy?

We all know the importance of getting the right nutrients into our bodies, but it can be hard to get everything we need through food alone. That’s where supplements come in to play. Every week there is a new pill propping up the shelves of Holland and Barrett and other health food stores. With so…

How to convince your (stubborn) mate to see a doctor

So this isn’t a dig at men, who used to have a reputation for being too stoic for going to the doctor until there was a REALLY big reason to. I just wanted to open up the conversation about our partners, family members, friends or colleagues. Male or female, young or not so young. There’s…

Looking after your mental health when you have a heart condition

This week I’m talking all about the psychological impact that having a heart condition can have. It can be so tough from the start – the symptoms that you don’t know what they were, hearing the words ‘your heart isn’t as strong as it used to be’, going back and forth to appointments, staying in…