By Paul Clerc, Atrial fibrillation occurs when the electrical activity of the heart enters into an abnormal rhythm. In normal circumstances, the atrium (small chamber) of the heart beats once followed by a beat of the ventricle (large chamber) in a 1:1 fashion. During atrial fibrillation, the atrial pumping is uncoordinated and more rapid. This [...]
By Paul Clerc, Knowing your correct blood pressure (BP) is important as increased resting BP is correlated with increased stroke risk, cardiac disease and kidney disease 1,2. High BP, typically considered to be >140/90, is often referred to as ‘silent’ since despite the severe outcomes that are associated with it, there are often few signs [...]
By Richard Roberts, It seems as though with every passing year, we expect to fit more and more into our daily schedule. Work responsibilities, family matters and financial stress are at the forefront of our lives, and this may result in us neglecting our own physical health. Daily exercise is beneficial in many ways, [...]
The SportsCardiologyBC team, led by Dr. James McKinney, have published an article in the esteemed Canadian Journal of Cardiology. The article reports on the research findings of young athlete screening conducted across the province of British Columbia. For those who have access to this journal following this link: http://www.onlinecjc.ca/article/S0828-282X(16)30170-2/fulltext When published in print, we will provide [...]
SportsCardiologyBC has been accepted to lead a workshop on the burgeoning field of sports cardiology at this year's Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Montreal from October 21st-25th! Programme and registration details can be found here: http://www.cardiocongress.org/en/index.html We hope to see you there!
Alcohol and Cardiac Health By Emma McIver Alcohol: detrimental or preventive? You have likely heard both sides of the argument and wonder which to believe. A study conducted in 2006 monitoring almost 2500 test patients aged 70 to 79 with no prior history of cardiac disease suggests that in moderation, alcohol may have a positive effect on cardiac health. The study monitored the [...]
By Jordan Robertson Posture is a necessary component in the success of any movement-based activity in daily living. Whether simply bending over to pick up a box from the floor or running a marathon, movement efficiency depends on postural quality (1, 2, and 3). According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) poor posture [...]
Check out BCMJ's Sports Cardiology themed May issue with a guest editorial from Dr. Saul Isserow and Dr. Brett Heilbron. http://www.bcmj.org/issue/may-2016