At the heart of the disease

It seems that our heart sinks a little when we touch on the subject of coronary diseases. Fortunately, we are accustomed to reading on the Best Doctors blog about how practically every month the medical community breaks new boundaries and moves towards more accurate diagnoses, more effective treatments and a clear improvement in survival rates and quality of life of heart patients.

One of the main problems of everyday life for cardiac patients is the “cocktail” of drugs, which they must live with around the clock. A lot of these medicines have been virtually indispensable up until now.

A multiple-effect pill for heart patients The good news is that some researchers are assessing a solution to this problem: a type of "polypill" that combines different medications in composition to avoid possible losses of memory and facilitate the treatment of patients. This medical breakthrough is based on an international study that has recently shown that heart patients had a greater propensity to take aspirin, cholesterol-lowering drugs and blood pressure medication. According to Dr. Gerald Fletcher of the American Heart Association, the three aforementioned drugs could be integrated into a single drug treatment, avoiding the consumption of up to 12 pills a day Read more

Improving the health of our heart one step at a time

It is clear that exercise, in moderation, improves our health, even though it can sometimes be difficult to find the ideal time and place (gymnasium, swimming pool, sports centre, etc.) to do sport on a regular basis.

Fortunately, there are physical activities that are always within reach and can be very good for the health of our heart – walking, for instance.

100 muscles in movement Incredible as it may seem, an apparently simple activity like walking requires the involvement of 100 muscles in our body. For example, the simple movement of one of our feet is powered by 40 muscles as well as approximately 200 ligaments. According to cardiologists, this complex symphony of muscles provides us with the following great advantages in improving the health of our heart: - It strengthens our heart muscle and lungs, which helps to improve the circulation. - It reduces blood pressure. - It reduces mortality rate: the people who walk less than 8 kilometres a week have double the risk Read more