Prescription Drugs

By Andrew Golin,   Prescription medications accounted for almost 14% ($29 billions) of Canada’s annual health care costs in 2013; the second costliest component in health care1. The Canadian Health Measures Survey was launched in 2007 and has collected valuable data on prescription drugs. From 2007 to 2011, 40.5% of the population aged 6 to [...]

By |January 11th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Atrial Fibrillation in Athletes

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 |September 14th, 2016|Article|0 Comments

The Importance of Proper Diet During Training Recovery

By Benny Freedman, Rest between bouts of strenuous exercise is key to allow the body adequate time for recovery. Most athletes understand conceptually that rest and recovery are essential for optimizing performance, but often treat recovery as a passive necessity rather than an opportunity to actively help achieve their training goals. Ultimately, the body focuses [...]

By |August 9th, 2016|Article|0 Comments

Blood Pressure Monitoring: Accuracy is Important

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 |July 29th, 2016|Article|0 Comments

High-intensity interval training for the busy athlete

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, [...]

By |July 22nd, 2016|Article|0 Comments

Alcohol and Cardiac Health

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 |June 16th, 2016|Article|0 Comments

Daytime Napping and Metabolism

By Susannah Reid, It is common knowledge that we need to sleep well to stay healthy and have the ability to focus and perform well each day. Napping is both a daily routine and a strategy to make up a few hours of sleep. Over the last 30 years’ chronic sleep deprivation has gradually increased [...]

By |June 7th, 2016|Article|0 Comments

The Benefits of Foam Rolling

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 [...]

By |May 16th, 2016|Article|0 Comments

The Value of Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs

By Tommy Kirkham, Cardiovascular disease is among the most lethal conditions in the world, and coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type and is the leading cause of death for both men and women in Canada and the United States (Lee et al. 2016)(HealthlinkBC 2015). Following diagnosis and especially after surgery or percutaneous [...]

By |April 26th, 2016|Article|0 Comments

How to Reduce the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

By Gena Krikler, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is caused by deposition and build-up of fatty materials inside the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. Eventually these deposits can block those arteries and cut off the blood supply completely, which causes myocardial infarction (a heart attack) (1). CHD has long been [...]

By |March 21st, 2016|Article|0 Comments