Author Archives: Novena Heart Centre

Cholesterol and Supplements

I would recommend that low risk individuals who have high cholesterol levels try taking cholesterol – lowering supplements to lower their bad cholesterol levels. Actually dietary therapy such as vegetables, oats and tofu can lower bad cholesterol levels by at least 10%. By taking supplements, the bad cholesterol level can be lowered by another 10-20%. […]

COFFEE VERSUS TEA SHOOT OUT: WHICH IS BETTER FOR THE HEART?

We all know that wine has been shown in multiple studies to be beneficial in protecting against heart disease which is also known as the French Paradox. This has spurred investigations into other common beverages like coffee and tea which are consumed by more people and in larger quantities than wine. How do they fare […]

My Pounding Heart: Is it Anxiety or Atrial Fibrillation?

What are palpitations? Palpitation is a general description of an increased awareness of our own heart beat. We may feel that the heart is beating faster, beating stronger, beating in a skipped way or beating irregularly. Some patients even describe their heart beats as fluttering or as popping out of the chest. Are palpitations always […]

SHAPE media query on late night snacking and heart disease

Research is currently inconclusive of timing of eating and the development of heart disease. The bottom line is a calorie is a calorie and it does not matter when you take it. However, most people take most of their calories at night, in the US, dinner accounts for 34% of total calorie intake. Also working […]

Weight loss diets – Are they good for the heart?

Obesity is an increasing health problem in Singapore. According to the National Health Survey, obesity rates increased from 6.9% in 2004 to 10.8% in 2010. Correspondingly, the diabetes rate has gone up from 8.2% in 2004 to 11.3% in 2010. Obesity is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular disease and for the development of type […]

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is a common condition that increases the risk of various illnesses such as stroke, heart attacks and kidney damage. Blood pressure rises with age and even persons who have normal blood pressure at age 55 are estimated to have a 90% chance of developing hypertension in their lifetime. A common […]

Exercise and Heart Disease

Exercise and Heart Disease Exercise reduces body weight, reduces the risk of getting diabetes, lowers blood pressure and keeps the arteries of the heart in tip-top condition. There are three important parts to exercise. This is duration (how long), intensity (how fast), and frequency (how often). Although all parts are important, the good news is […]