International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s Day 2017:

Best Doctors invites you to get involved and help celebrate women, their accomplishments and actively promote female health.

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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

Protect your heart, eat Mediterranean

Ingredients of the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is known to be good for people’s health and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. But does this also count for people who already have a history of cardiovascular diseases? A new study reveals that it does…

The Study undertaken by Giovanni de Gaetano of the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy, shows that those suffering from cardiovascular diseases, can still benefit from eating a Mediterranean diet; lowering the risk of mortality in the years to come. It is said that it may be even more effective than some cholesterol-lowering medications. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally. De Gaetano’s study followed 1,200 people with a history of cardiovascular diseases over seven years. Results reveal that those who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet had a 37% lower risk of mortality. What is the Mediterranean diet? The Read more