Rachel Nicoll

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Ginger is now exciting considerable interest for its potential to treat many aspects of cardiovascular disease. This letter reviews the more recent trials, which suggest that ginger shows considerable anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-platelet, hypotensive and hypolipidemic effect in in vitro and animal studies. Human trials have been few and generally(More)
Although a relationship is commonly accepted between coronary and carotid arterial disease, suggesting that atherosclerosis is a systemic condition, the extent of this association and correspondence has not been fully elucidated. This review discusses recent research in this field and highlights areas for future study. The prevalence of severe carotid(More)
Medical practice is moving fast towards non-invasive and non-surgical disease management. While significant progress has been made with coronary artery disease prevention, MDCT stands as an ideal non-invasive tool for its progression. It accurately assesses both arterial lumen and wall disease. Although the main concern of current cardiology practice is the(More)
The acid–ash hypothesis states that when there are excess blood protons, bone is eroded to provide alkali to buffer the net acidity and maintain physiologic pH. There is concern that with the typical Western diet, we are permanently in a state of net endogenous acid production, which is gradually reducing bone. While it is clear that a high acid-producing(More)
There is a significant relationship between the presence, extent and progression of coronary artery calcification (CAC) and cardiovascular (CV) events and mortality in both CV and renal patients and CAC scoring can provide improved predictive ability over risk factor scoring alone. There is also a close relationship between CAC presence and atherosclerotic(More)
BACKGROUND The relationship of conventional cardiovascular risk factors (age, gender, ethnicity, diabetes, dyslipidaemia, hypertension, obesity, exercise, and the number of risk factors) to coronary artery calcification (CAC) presence and extent has never before been assessed in a systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS We included only English(More)
BACKGROUND Ethnic differences in prevalence and severity of coronary artery disease are well established and are usually attributed to risk factors variation. This study investigates the differences in coronary artery narrowing and coronary calcification between two age- and gender-matched cohorts of South Asian and Caucasian symptomatic angina patients. (More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between coronary artery calcification (CAC) assessed by multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) and myocardial perfusion assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in a group of symptomatic patients. METHOD Retrospective analysis of 120 patients (age 65.1 ± 8.9 years, 88 males) who(More)