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Blog Posts by Dr Niamh O’Kennedy BSc MSc PhD
Dr O’Kennedy is a research chemist, specialising in the field of natural products chemistry. Her guidance has been pivotal in the development and integrity of Provexis’ product portfolio.
With Cardiovascular Disease still the number one killer worldwide, it's shocking to me that people don't consider their heart health until half way through their lives - with 1 in 10 actually admitting that they won't think about their heart until they are over 60. Especially since the heart is the body's hardest working organ - pumping blood that delivers critical nutrients and oxygen to every cell.
With the sad news that Carrie Fisher (better known as Princess Leia from Star Wars) suffered a heart attack on a transatlantic fight during the Christmas period and died just days later, fortunately media are now rallying to raise awareness amongst women of the threat of heart disease. Interestingly, although the risk of cardiovascular disease increases for everyone as they get older, the increase is more age-dependent in women.
Pregnancy, Periods and Post Menopause: The reasons why women should better protect their heart health
Whilst many take blood flow for granted, and think that if their heart is pumping then their blood must be circulating smoothly too, this is NOT always the case and the simple truth is that women’s blood flow is more prone to problems than men.
With snow finally falling in parts of UK, many are feeling cold to their core but what most people don’t know is that cold weather can actually bring more than a chill to their bones. Cold weather can impact how blood flows around ones body and can raise the risk of a heart attack.
One in ten healthy Brits take aspirin as a blood ‘thinner’ just in case – regardless of the side effects and against medical guidelines
Recent research reveals that one in ten of us - or nearly 3 million people over 45 - take low dose aspirin daily as a blood thinner, ’just in case’, although they are not at high risk of a cardiovascular event. All this, whilst worldwide clinical guidelines have advised for years that healthy people (those not at high risk of CVD) should not be taking aspirin as a preventative, as the risk of side effects outweighs the benefits.