A healthy heart
Patients at low risk of heart disease are having their heart examined between beats, utilising new cardiac computed tomography (CT) scanning as an alternative to conventional angiogram scans. The CT is used to assess the risk of coronary heart disease in patients presenting with niggling chest pain, where an echocardiogram (ECG) and blood results are normal.
Pacemakers have been around for decades but advancements in technology mean this lifesaving device keeps getting smaller, smarter and more efficient. So who needs them and how do they work?
High blood pressure is known as the silent killer in medicine, as it often has done the most damage before you even feel any symptoms. We take you through the signs to look out for, and the treatments to expect if you have high blood pressure.
Breathlessness from exertion in exercise is quite normal, until it is not. Many people experience a marked change in their breathing at some stage in their lives. Goodness Me finds out what to look out for and when to seek medical help if you are experiencing breathlessness.
A stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly disrupted. Without blood flow, the brain is starved of oxygen and cells quickly die. Goodness Me explores ways of managing the risk of stroke.
Can you feel your heart pounding in your chest? You may be getting heart palpitations. Goodness Me talks to an expert and looks at what to consider when you feel your heart marching to the beat of a different drum.
A staggering one in five people will go on to develop depression after a heart event. This can affect their ability to make the lifestyle changes necessary to maintain their health.
One of the latest advancements in the area of coronary artery disease is the use of bio-absorbable stents. This new technology is an alternative to coronary artery by-pass, whereby clogged arteries are replaced by grafting an artery from another part of the body so the coronary arteries can function effectively.