Best Doctors: A focus on CVDs and World Heart Day

Digital heart in the middle of a cardiograph

This coming 29th of September communities around the world will come together to celebrate World Heart Day. This international health day began in 2012 when world leaders united in a global effort to reduce mortality caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) of which cardiovascular disease (CVD) account for almost half of deaths, making CVD the world’s number one killer.

The World Health Federation highlights that CVD is the world’s leading cause of death, affecting 17.5 million people a year[1]. This represents for one third of all annual deaths on the planet. “Heart health is at the heart of all health” – World Heart Federation 80% of deaths caused by CVD occur in areas of the world with low or medium incomes[2] that do not have the financial resources to raise awareness about heart health or the medical means to handle the CVD burden in their population. The Best Doctors team strives to also contribute to helping individuals learn about lifestyle choices and Read more

A Healthy Autumn Ahead

Mother and daughter playing in red and orange autumn leaves

As the summer season comes to an end, preparation for the autumn is underway in many households around the world. Best Doctor’s is constantly promoting personal well-being and incentivising members to understand more about their health and how to ensure they keep it in check. As the cold weather approaches, our team has gathered some of the top tips to ensure we keep our health in good standing and enjoy the autumn season to the fullest.

Eat what autumn gives you In today’s day and age many produce is available all year round. However, you can trust that to get that tropical fruit in order to your kitchen in mid-October, either chemicals have been involved in the production process, or pre-freezing to help withstand a long journeys from abroad has occurred. Embrace the natural cycle of food production in your local area and enjoy the variety of food our changes of seasons provide. Boost your vitamin and mineral intake by enjoying cranberries, figs, pears, sweet potatoes, winter squash and of course – pumpkins! Keep your immune system strong and Read more

Tick saliva could help keep hearts healthier in people with HIV

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HIV research and treatments have evolved leaps and bounds in the past decades but researchers continue to dedicate time and resources to helping increase both quality of life and life expectancy for those who contract the virus. Researchers have recently developed an experimental drug derived from deer tick salvia that could significantly decrease inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Individuals with HIV develop a higher risk of both neurological and cardiovascular medical issues because the immunodeficiency virus causes higher levels of monocytes, a type of white blood cell. These cells directly influence the “tissue factor” (TF) protein, which triggers blood clotting and dangerous inflammation – even when an individual is controlling their HIV virus rigorously by antiretrovirals. The scientists have developed an experimental drug called Ixolaris which contains extracts from saliva of a type of ticks found on deer. It was first tested on monkeys who had been infected with SIV, the primate equivalent of human HIV virus. They discovered Read more