Dapagliflozin and Vericiguat – Two Novel Therapies for Heart Failure

Dapagliflozin (brand name Farxiga among others) and vericiguat are two very different and unrelated drugs that have recently been shown to be effective for patients with heart failure. Of course, this is great news because heart failure is a common and often serious medical condition affecting an estimated 26 million people worldwide (1). In the … Read more

Intermittent Fasting and Health – The Scientific Evidence

Intermittent Fasting - The Scientific Evidence

Intermittent fasting has recently gained popularity as a means of reducing body weight and improving metabolic health. Animal studies also suggest that intermittent fasting may promote healthy aging and increase longevity. Throughout the ages, humans may have benefitted from limiting food intake for specific time periods, either for religious reasons or when food was scarce. … Read more

18 Questions and Answers About Fainting – Syncope Explained

Syncope is the medical term used to describe the phenomenon of fainting or passing out. Although syncope is common and frequently experienced by healthy people, it is often, quite wrongly indeed, considered a sign of frailty or illness. Indeed, history shows that fainting spells occurring under the attention and scrutiny of the public may have … Read more

The Health Risks of Being a Flight Attendant

Being a flight attendant is one of the most wanted professions in the world. The association with elegance, confidence, and reliability make it unique – a job to be proud of. Flight attendants are employed and trained to perform safety functions on aircraft as well as customer service. Hence, being calm, collected, quick thinking, pleasant, … Read more

21 Important Questions and Answers About Heart Failure

Heart failure is a common medical condition and remains an increasing global problem. In many ways, heart failure is synonymous with end-stage heart disease. Of course, prognosis varies depending on the severity of the disorder. However, in advanced heart failure survival is dismal. All diseases of the heart may ultimately lead to heart failure. A simple … Read more

Menopausal Hormone Therapy – The Pros and Cons

Menopausal hormone therapy is an effective treatment for hot flashes associated with menopause. It may also help prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) and reduce the risk of bone fractures in postmenopausal women. However, menopausal hormone therapy may also be associated with risks for the patient. The risks depend on the individual treated, the type of hormone … Read more

Why and How To Lower Triglycerides in People at Risk of Heart Disease

Triglycerides are important organic compounds. Most of the fat we consume in our diet is triglyceride and so is most of the fat we store in our body. Fatty acids contained in triglycerides are an essential source of energy for human cells. Triglyceride concentration can be measured in blood and may provide valuable information about … Read more

LDL-Cholesterol – The “Bad” Cholesterol Explained

There are several reasons why we should be interested in the numbers reflecting the amount of cholesterol circulating in our bloodstream. However, to be able to interpret these numbers we have to know certain things about cholesterol as a chemical substance and its role health and disease. Interestingly, although cholesterol is an essential substance for … Read more

Hot Flashes – 15 Questions and Answers About Menopausal Hot Flashes

Most women will experience hot flashes when going through the menopause. In the USA, the term hot flashes is used to describe this phenomenon whereas in the UK the term hot flushes is used. Both mean the same thing. Hot flashes are also known as vasomotor symptoms. The term ‘vasomotor’ refers to the vasomotor center in … Read more