Month: October 2013

How the heart works

  The heart is responsible for circulating blood throughout the body. It is about the size of your clenched fist and sits in centre of the chest cavity between your two lungs. Its walls are made up of muscle that can squeeze or pump blood out every time the heart “beats” or contracts. Fresh, oxygen-rich air

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Alcohol and the heart

Alcohol is a drug that affects all parts of the body. It has important effects on the heart and influences your risk of developing heart disease.    The bottom line: Long-term excessive drinking increases your risk of developing problems with your heart. Drinking within the daily unit guidelines is unlikely to cause damage and may

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