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

Feeding the Heart

Feeding the heart

At Best Doctors we go to great lengths to promote correct diagnosis, treatment plans and prevention. We help analyse medical cases and give second opinions to thousands of patients every year all over the world, many whom are suffering from critical diseases including cardiovascular related medical issues.

Our experts bring such an incredible amount of experience and case analysis to the second medical opinion process and currently 10% of cardiovascular cases review result with a change of diagnosis and a staggering 33% of cases are recommended a change in treatment plan[1]. The first heart cells begin to beat when a foetus is as young as 4 weeks old and this organ continues to develop into one that will play a vital role in our quality of life.  During a lifetime the average heart will beat 3 billion times and will pump an average of 3.8 million litres of Read more

The Amygdala: The connection between stress and heart disease

Artistic picture of a stethoscope and a foam heart

A recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School and published by UK medical journal The Lancet suggests that the effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain could potentially explain the link between the risk of heart attack and stress.[1]

Experts and scientific studies coincide that emotional stress can have a serious negative effect on the increase risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Stress affects the body in many ways, one of which being directly affecting the heart and blood vessels. Some experts even believe that emotional stress can be just as dangerous a risk factor as smoking and high blood pressure.[2] Medical professionals have had little understanding until now about the link between stress, the brain and heart disease. However, this recent study, conducted by Harvard Medical School, suggests that the effect stress has on the amygdala section of the brain Read more