South Asian? Your Ethnicity Puts You at A Greater Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

You’ve heard of fitness, lifestyle and food habits affecting your heart, but did you know that ethnicity could play a vital role in cardiovascular health too? South Asians listen up! Increasingly studies are pointing towards a correlation between ethnic origin (no matter where you live), and risk of cardiovascular i.e heart disease.

How it All Adds Up

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Coconut Oil: Yay or Nay?

Senior Cardiologist Dr Ramasami Nandakumar spills the beans on the latest coconut oil debate

For years we have been made to believe that coconut oil is great for us. A recent health advisory issued by the AHA (American Heart Association)suggesting that coconut oil is actually bad for one’s health, had the internet in a tizzy.

What Is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack happens when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked and the heart can’t get oxygen. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die.

Heart attacks are a leading killer of both men and women in the United States.

What are the heart valves?

There are four valves which control the blood flow through the heart. They all consist of two or three flaps which swing open to allow blood through with each heart beat, and swing closed to prevent blood going back in the wrong direction.

Deoxygenated (blue) blood returning from the body collects in the right atrium.

How does the normal heart work?

Your heart is a specialised muscle that pumps blood around your body. Blood carries oxygen and nourishment to all parts of your body and carries waste products to several organs, notably your lungs and kidneys, for removal.

Your heart is divided into two pumps, which work together. Blood coming back from the organs and tissues of your body enters the right side of your heart,