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

Smart clothing for detecting heart disease in babies

Heart diseases babies

Today, in Best Doctors’ blog, we are going to look at a very up-to-date product, wearables. These are items of clothing or accessories, such as glasses, watches or clothes, that we are starting to wear, which allow us to connect to the internet in another way and access information in real time through sensors.

We will consider the health applications of these devices and focus on a new “smart sleep suit” that has been developed by a new Research Department for Technological Innovation in Paediatrics (Peditec) at the Universidad Politécnica [Polytechnic University] in Valencia, Spain, in collaboration with the Hospital General [General Hospital] in Valencia.  The sleep suit for babies is made of hypoallergenic cotton and what is most important is that it may be able to detect congenital heart disease or sepsis early on. Sepsis involves our body having an exceptionally serious response to bacteria and other types of microorganisms. In this case, through Read more