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Fitness and Fido: Cardiovascular health for you and your pet!

By Johanna Fee,   Animal companions are known for the positive impact they have on their owner’s lives, but how can they affect our cardiovascular and overall health? The presence of a pet has the ability to positively influence blood pressure, increase fitness levels, and increase the likelihood of heart attack survival. However, they can [...]

By |September 26th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Live better, Sleep longer: An insight to the effects of sleep deprivation

By Kenzie MacDonald,   Based on reports from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the National Institute of Health recommends that adults over the age of 18 get 7-8 hours of sleep a night in order to feel refreshed.1 Although we may be aware or these recommendations, it has been reported that nearly one-third [...]

By |September 7th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

How Do Performance Enhancing Drugs Affect Cardiovascular Health

By Aliza Hirsch,   Exercise has the power to confer extensive health benefits. However, at extreme levels, there are those athletes and competitors who are willing to sacrifice their wellbeing for the sake of improved performance. Despite the recent stricter enforcement of drug testing and punishment for drug use amongst competitive athletes, the use of [...]

By |August 18th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Orthorexia Nervosa: Classification

By Johanna Fee, Orthorexia nervosa is an eating behavior. It is an obsession of eating only foods deemed ‘biologically pure’ or ‘healthy’. It includes severe limitation of diet, coupled with obsessive thoughts about food consumption, and can lead to social isolation. [1] This issue may be augmented by current trends in health and diet such [...]

By |July 6th, 2017|Article, Uncategorized|0 Comments

SportsCardiologyBC Physician Engagement Initiative!

Spearheaded by Medical Lead Dr. Saul Isserow, SportsCardiologyBC built a successful proposal to undertake a physician engagement initiative at UBC Hospital aimed at improving collaboration between physicians from the spread out Vancouver sites of UBC, St. Paul's, Women and Children's, VGH and GF Strong. The program will include 'spin' cycling classes twice/week within the SCBC's [...]

By |June 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments

The Paradox of the Morning Run: The influence of Circadian Rhythm on Cardiovascular Health and Exercise

By Aliza Hirsch,   Biological processes that follow a 24-hour cycle are defined as circadian [1] . Specifically in relation to cardiovascular health, previous research has reported a pattern between greater incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD), which is unexpected death due to loss of heart function, myocardial infarction (MI), also known as a heart [...]

By |June 19th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Cardiovascular Disease and Mental Health

By Kenzie MacDonald,   According to Dr. Hans Selye, the ‘Father’ of stress research, stress is a nonspecific reaction of the body to any demand upon it1. Stress can be a positive or beneficial response that facilitates adaptation and stimulates development2. Positive stress is often perceived to be within our coping abilities, short-lived, stimulates motivation [...]

By |May 4th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

New SCBC Research – “HRE Study” – NOW RECRUITING!!

In healthy individuals, systolic blood pressure (BP) increases in a stepwise manner with increasing exercise intensity. The increased systolic BP during exercise is largely due to increased cardiac output, which is generated to meet the increased demand for oxygenated blood in active muscular beds. However, some individuals present with abnormally exaggerated rise in systolic BP [...]

By |April 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

New SCBC Research – “Time of Day Study” – NOW RECRUITING!!

There is no disputing the tremendous benefits of exercise, however is there a safest time of day to exercise? As seen in publicly reported events such as marathons and professional sports, there is paradoxically a slight increased risk of myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death (SCD) during vigorous activity. Biological processes in living organisms that [...]

By |April 18th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Cardiovascular System 101

By Andrew Golin,   Simply put, the cardiovascular system is a set of connected tubes with varying sizes that circulate blood around the body. Physiological systems can be classified as open or closed. Systems where substances can easily enter or exit, such as the digestive tract, are referred to as open. Conversely, blood is unable [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Article|0 Comments