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Cold temperatures can put your health at risk. We explain how to stay safe when the mercury drops.
An electrocardiogram, or ECG, looks at your heart’s rate, rhythm and electrical activity. Professor Peter Macfarlane explain what this simple test involves.
Learn why it's important to have your cholesterol tested, what you'll learn from the cholesterol test and what you can do about it.
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a little-known condition where your heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened - it's sometimes called broken heart syndrome. Our expert explains the causes, diagnosis and treatment.
Our medical expert explains whether it's alright to drink wine whilst taking the anticoagulant drug warfarin for your heart.
ARBs treat heart failure and high blood pressure and may be prescribed following a heart attack. Read what they are, how they work, their possible side effects and more.
Our medical expert explains PoTS - postural tachycardia syndrome - a condition that causes an increase in your heart rate after sitting or standing.
You’re entitled to pick your NHS care, but how do you do it, and how can it benefit you as a heart patient? We explain.
Chief Inspector of Hospitals Sir Mike Richards gives four top tips on how to choose the right hospital for you.
Professor Nishi Chaturvedi explains how your ethnic origin can affect your heart and circulatory health.
Our expert explains what to do about depression, and how this condition can be common in people with heart disease.
Bettina tells us her story about her fight against heart disease
We debunk the seven most common and persistent myths around heart disease. How many do you know?
Dr Neil Chapman explains high blood pressure, how it can be prevented and managed, and updates us on how the BHF is tackling it.
Angina is an important warning sign, because coronary heart disease can lead to a heart attack. Making changes to your lifestyle can help prevent your angina from getting worse and could just save your life.
Our expert explains what right ventricular failure means, what symptoms this can cause and how this this condition can affect heart health.
How can you live well with multiple long-term health conditions? We speak to someone who has multiple conditions, and to health professionals about how integrated care could help.
Heart Matters reader Catherine Mackay shares her diary and illustrations of heart valve surgery, to let others know what to expect.
There are lots of myths surrounding heart failure. Learn to tell fact from fiction and what you can do to control the condition.
Having a South Asian ethnic origin can increase your risk of heart and circulatory disease and diabetes. Consultant cardiologist Sandy Gupta explains why.
An increasing number of people in the UK live with more than one long-term condition. We explain eight ways to make your life easier if you have multiple conditions.
Our expert answers a question on whether you can scuba dive when you have high blood pressure.
Our expert answers a question on why a heart failure patient would be prescribed potassium.
High blood pressure is a major cause of heart attack and stroke, but most of us don’t even know the facts. Senior cardiac nurse Julie Ward explains.
When you’ve just been told you have a heart condition, it can be a confusing time. Here’s our quick guide to asking the right questions, to get the answers that you need.
Consultant Vascular Surgeon Rachel Bell explains abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms, what causes them and how to get screened.
We meet Max Leslie, who survived a life-threatening aortic aneurysm rupture, and hear how his life has changed since then.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) suppress stomach acid and are often prescribed to heart patients. We hear why from Professor Pali Hungin.
Our expert explains what Sneddon syndrome is, symptoms, treatment, and whether this can cause a stroke.
Our medical expert explains what troponin is and how can help determine the symptoms of a heart attack in women.
Ever heard of Prinzmetal angina, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or even Kawasaki syndrome? Rick Karsan explains these conditions and how they got their names.
Too much alcohol can raise blood pressure and weight, increasing risk of a heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. We find out more from an expert.
Insulin can help people with diabetes manage blood sugar levels and avoid other issues. Consultant physician Dr Amanda Adler explains how it works and how to take it.
Our medical expert explains when you should take breathlessness seriously and get it checked out.
We speak to an expert about women's risk of heart disease, and meet Anne Beaton, who didn't realise she was having a heart attack.
We explore issues of pregnancy and your heart, and meet two women who fought back from health issues.
Our medical expert explains the differences between atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation.
Microvascular angina (sometimes called cardiac syndrome X) results from an abnormality of the tiny arteries within the heart muscle that play a crucial role in regulating blood supply to the heart.
You can do plenty to reduce your chances of heart attack or stroke, whether you have coronary heart disease or been told you’re at risk. We explain.
It’s hard to read or watch the news without hearing of new things that could, apparently, cause heart disease. But can you believe what you read? Martina Dalton gives the lowdown on 10 of the most bizarre.
We take medicines every day – but do you think about where they come from? Most modern drugs are created in the lab – but some have unusual or downright bizarre origins.
Derived from the purple foxglove plant, Digoxin was first used to treat heart complaints 200 years ago. Dr Ross McGeoch tells us about modern uses for the drug.
Our expert explains why you might have been given your cholesterol measurements in a different way.
Dr Amanda Adler explains oral medications that can control your blood glucose levels, which is critical to managing type 2 diabetes.
Tasks we take for granted, such as making tea, become a major challenge when you have vascular dementia. Learn what vascular dementia is and what it's like to live with.
Our medical expert debunks the 'cough CPR' myth which claims you can help yourself by coughing vigorously if you’re having a heart attack.
The Drug Cabinet section of Heart Matters contains guides to all the common types of heart medications, with answers to frequently asked questions.
Our expert cardiologist, GP and cardiac nurses answer your questions about all aspects of heart conditions, tests and treatments.
Get our quick guide to treatments for coronary heart disease like angioplasty and bypass surgery, what they involve and how long they last.
Get our quick guide to pacemakers, ICDs, and ablations, which are used to treat heart rhythm problems. Find out what the treatments involve and how long they last.
Get our quick guide to why you might have heart valve replacement, what it involves and how long it will last.
Antibiotics save lives, but resistance to them is increasing. Dr Nicholas Brown, Consultant Medical Microbiologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, tells us when you need them and when you don’t.
Senior Cardiac Nurse Christopher Allen looks at the challenges of living with heart failure, tips on managing it and how the BHF supports those who have the condition.
Painkillers are some of the most commonly used drugs. We explain what these medicines, including paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, morphine and codeine, are used for and possible side effects.
If you feel your heart beating abnormally, you may need a catheter ablation. Dr Guy Haywood, Consultant Cardiologist in Plymouth, answers all your questions.
The cath lab, also known as a catheter laboratory or cardiac catheterisation laboratory, is part of a hospital's cardiac department. Find out what happens there.
High blood pressure can put a strain on your heart, blood vessels and kidneys. Learn why we should all get regular readings to avoid this silent killer.
Puzzled by the difference between a radiographer and a radiologist, or wondering who you’re likely to meet when you go into hospital? We introduce a guide to who does what and how to make the most of them.
When you see your doctor, cardiologist or other healthcare professional, it’s not always easy to know what to ask. Here’s our quick guide so you can be prepared for your appointment.
Heart bypass surgery can help relieve the symptoms of angina and improve quality of life. We talk to Professor Gavin Murphy about what’s involved.
Finding out he had dilated cardiomyopathy prompted Simon Morgan to live life to the full. We hear his story and get an expert’s view on the condition.
All you need to know about a heart attack including the causes, symptoms and effects.