Doc Talk #40 – The Heart



In this Valentine’s day episode of Doc Talk, rather than dwell too long on the beating and beheading of the eponymous Christian saint, Dr Dan and Jamieson talked about the rather more positive topic of how to be heart healthy.

Find out whether all that Valentine’s dark chocolate and red wine is good for you (hint: you’re probably going to be disappointed) and learn about ‘holiday heart‘ if you overindulge in the champagne.

The heart wants what it wants

Should you have a less successful Valentine’s celebration, we also talk about the ‘broken heart syndrome‘ and its relationship with Japanese octopus fishing.

We discussed ‘why even one cigarette a day can kill you, so that’s fun‘ and why quitting smoking, increasing your physical activity (even becoming a weekend warrior) and a Mediterranean diet are powerful ways to prevent heart disease.


(Heart image by Amada44 (Own work) CC BY 3.0  via Wikimedia Commons)