For women, having a spare tyre increased the risk of death by up to 40 per cent. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A spare tyre round the middle of an otherwise average-sized body is more dangerous than being fat all over, research has shown. The discovery w(...)

The Irish Heart Foundation runs a number of CPR courses. Photograph: Thinkstock
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  • October 29, 2015, 00:00

Would you know what to do if someone nearby had a medical emergency? According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), fear about performing CPR (card(...)

File photo of retired footballer Fabrice Muamba at a lesson to teach children CPR skills organised by the British Heart Foundation. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Fewer than one in 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital survive, a leading charity has warned. Hundreds of lives are also b(...)

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has highlighted the need for registered organ donors in the North. File photograph: Getty Images/Thinkstock

A drop in the number of people donating organs highlights the need for an opt-out donation system in Northern Ireland, the British Heart Foundation (B(...)

For advertisers, time is money in a quite fundamental way. Brands buy time from broadcast and online media owners, and they do so in standardised chunks

The concept of finite time is something with which we all must grapple in life, whether you’re stuck in a sealed editing suite whittling down the worl(...)

The study examined the association between drinking coffee and the presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early indicator of coronary atherosclerosis — a potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged up by fatty substances known as plaques or atheroma.  Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

People who drink three to five coffees a day are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, a study has shown.The effec(...)

BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by height in metres squared and is the standard tool used to define levels of obesity. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Being obese can shorten life by eight years and condemn a person to almost two decades of ill-health, new research has shown.Scientists used a compute(...)

An automated external defibrillator (AED) and dummy. A volunteer can be trained in their use to save lives. Photograph: Thinkstock

If one of your loved ones collapsed in front of you because their heart suddenly stopped beating, would you know what to do? Most of us would feel hel(...)

Writing in the journal Open Heart, leading US cardiovascular research scientist Dr James DiNicolantonio said a “compelling argument can be made for the general lack of evidence in support of a low-fat diet”. Advising people to replace saturated fat with carbohydrates or omega 6 polyunsaturated fats was not supported by scientific research, he said. Photograph: Wojciech Pacewicz/EPA

Diets low in saturated fat do not prevent heart disease or improve health and instead public health warnings need to be issued over sugar, a le(...)

Ethics can be hard to hang on to when you’re shopping, and once you start looking closely at your purchases you will find few brands that are (...)