ASE Diastolic Heart Failure

Diastolic dysfunction has recently been widely recognised as a cause of heart failure. An echocardiogram can provide the information to confirm the diagnosis. Please open and click on the attached link for more information. Diastolic-Heart-Failure-Patient information-ASE

Is red wine any good for my heart?

Red wine in moderation has long been thought of as good for the heart mainly by increasing high-density lipoprotein (the “good” cholesterol) and because it contains flavonoids. Flavonoids come from the grape skin and are antioxidant substances that protect the heart and blood vessels from the damaging effects of oxygen free radicals produced by our […]

Is laughter the best heart medicine?

Laughing. We all do it. Some of us do it more than others, some of us do it all too often. But are these often laughers just another type of health junkie? Research on the topic is limited, but some studies have shown us that people who are often angry and uptight tend to have […]

Coconut Oil: Superfood or Superfad?

Coconut oil has recently gained popularity due to heavy marketing in the US and Australia. There is a significant amount
of misinformation about its health benefits with most marketing extolling the virtues of coconut oil. Most claims that are made are testimonials rather than hard evidence of benefit. Coconut oil is exceptionally high in saturated fat […]

Watching sport or playing sport – which is best for you?


With the Olympics just over and all the impressive feats of human sporting achievement fresh in our memories you should take a moment to reflect on how lucky you are to have made it through these games, alive, watching them from your armchair. The expression “die-hard” fan can be taken quite literally. A New England […]

Coffee and the risk of heart disease

Coffee has a long history of being regarded with health suspicion.
It has been blamed for a variety of health problems from anxiety to heart attacks but recent evidence suggests coffee may actually be good for you. So which is it? Good or bad? The answer can be both. Most contemporary studies have found that there […]

Who is at risk of a Heart Attack?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and illness in Australia. Trying to predict who will have a heart attack is a priority for the Cardiologists at Sunshine Coast Heart Specialists (SCHS). “Prevention is the goal” Even young and apparently healthy people can suffer a heart attack. Patients should consult their GP about undergoing […]

What are heart healthy foods?

Our SCHS Cardiologists are often asked about what foods to eat to avoid a heart attack or stroke. One of the ways we can all improve our cardiovascular (CV) health is to eat “heart-healthy” foods.  Here are some of the best foods that have been linked to lower rates of CV disease in recent studies.  […]

Chocolate and the heart

Is eating chocolate a good thing for your heart or are you edging yourself closer to a heart attack with every piece? Well the good news is that in moderation chocolate may have some health benefits for the heart. This is primarily due to flavonoids, a plant nutrient found in high concentrations in the cacao […]