Author: Kate Marie

What is a stress echo test?

In an effort to establish my risk of cardiovascular disease, I recently underwent what’s known as stress echocardiography (stress echo test) with Dr Jason Kaplan at Macquarie University Clinic. This was following my first lot of tests (calcium score and pulse wave analysis amongst others), which indicated I have a very low risk of developing cardiovascular disease for the time being. Watch my interview with Jason below, or scroll down to read my notes. The first steps in a stress echo test The first part of the stress echo test is having real-time ultrasound pictures taken of your heart from...

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Cardiovascular disease risk tests

As someone whose grandparents died from heart disease, and who has a genetic redisposition to it, I’m keen to know more about cardiovascular disease risk tests and the lifestyle changes that prevent it. I went to see Dr Jason Kaplan from the Sydney Interventional Cardiology Centre and Macquarie University for a full assessment and advice. Here’s the first of a 2 part interview and set of tests Jason did at the Macquarie University clinic. I can highly recommend going through this process. Jason was a delight as he not only preaches good health but practices it himself! First steps...

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Exercise and diet to prevent cardiovascular disease

What you eat has a large impact on your heart health, so what is the best diet to prevent cardiovascular disease? Watch my interview with Macquarie University’s Dr Jason Kaplan on YouTube, and read the summary below. The best diet to prevent cardiovascular disease The best diet to prevent cardiovascular disease is considered to be the Mediterranean-style diet. This kind of diet can be fairly varied, but it has a number of key principles: A low consumption of red meat, often no more than once or twice a week A high consumption of unprocessed foods Plenty of fruits and...

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Statins health benefits and side effects

I recently sat down with Dr Jason Kaplan to discuss statins health benefits. You can either watch the video or read the transcription below. According to Jason, there are a range of statins health benefits and as the most widely prescribed drug in the world it is useful to understand how they work. What is a statin and what are the common brand names? Statin is a drug taken to lower cholesterol. Statins are the most widely-prescribed drug in the world today, and up until a few years ago, Lipitor was the world’s most prescribed drug with millions and millions...

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