Fitness trends: mind over matter?

In today’s busy world, most of us want to get the most out of our time and effort. It is not surprising then, to see fitness trends responding to this need. Yet how much is science, and how much is driven by our own, interior, motivation? In today’s post, Best Doctors looks at two different exercise trends.

Amid the many fitness trends hitting gyms and parks the world over, two in particular stand out for their potential to give us more for the time we spend. In today’s post we analyse the reasons for their success, and get expert insight from Dr José Luís Zamorano, Director of Cardiology at Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid, Spain and Chairman of Best Doctors European Medical Advisory Board. Compression clothing In increasing blood flow and oxygen to muscles, this tight-fitting sportswear is said to enhance exercise performance, with improved circulation also helping to eliminate lactic acid and toxins after a workout, easing Read more

Heart disease: what women need to know

March 8th is International Women’s Day, when we celebrate the women in our lives. Whether they are mothers, sisters, partners, friends or co-workers, women have special health considerations that go beyond regular breast and gynaecological exams. One of these areas is the heart.

Often considered more of a “man’s disease”, cardiovascular disease is actually the main cause of death in women around the world[i]. Pregnancy puts stress on the heart The heart needs to work harder to nourish a growing baby and for women with heart problems the increase in blood volume increases the risk of developing congestive heart failure. Women at risk need special care during pregnancy and should seek a doctor’s advice as early as possible, preferably before becoming pregnant. Expecting mothers who are taking medication for heart disease, such as blood thinners, also require special medical supervision to avoid causing harm to Read more

New treatment means hope for many stroke victims

Stroke is one of New Zealand’s leading causes of chronic disability and premature death. Now, a new treatment method promises to save lives and improve recovery chances for many.

Stroke is the third highest cause of death in New Zealand. Of the 60,000 stroke survivors alive today, many are disabled and dependent on others in their day to day lives[i]. Many strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. If a clot is small enough, it can usually be dissolved with intravenous injections of tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. Larger clots, however, have been much more difficult to treat. Until now. A recent study carried out in the Netherlands, supported by the Dutch Heart Foundation and known as MR CLEAN[ii], uses a new procedure to Read more