Heart Attacks are Preventable!

Welcome to my podcast, I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist, a private practice of over 10,000 patients.

Australia, like the rest of the western world, has a heart problem.

Over 9 million people around the world die from heart disease every year.

Every 10 minutes, someone in Australia suffers a heart attack. And 21 lives are lost daily because of it.

The devastating fact in all this is… 

Almost every one of those cases could have been prevented. 

This podcast is for anyone who wants to improve their health literacy and gain information to help them make the best decisions about their risk of heart attack, their cholesterol, blood pressure, risk of diabetes, weight loss and general health. Join me on my personal mission journey to prevent Heart Attack on a global scale. If you like this podcast I would be honoured with a 5-star review and let your friends and family know, you may even save the life of someone you love!

Episodes

EP332: The Importance of Exercise With Dr Jason Kaplan

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. The podcast discusses the importance of exercise for heart health with cardiologist Dr. Jason Kaplan. Dr. Kaplan recommends at least 150-300 minutes per week of moderate exercise like walking or 75-115 minutes of vigorous interval training. He stresses finding enjoyable activities and gives advice for starting an exercise program. Weight training is also beneficial but aerobic exercise is most important for reducing blood pressure and improving heart function. Regular exercise leads to positive changes in muscles, metabolism, blood vessels, and an enlarged but stronger and more efficient heart. Read more

EP331: Who Is At Risk of Thin Bones?

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. Dr. Orick Bishop discusses bone health and osteoporosis risks in this podcast. He outlines who should be considered for bone mineral density scans according to Australian guidelines, including those over age 70 and younger individuals with risk factors like family history, smoking, alcohol use, or low body weight. Certain medical conditions and medications can also increase osteoporosis risk, such as corticosteroids, thyroid issues, antidepressants, and proton pump inhibitors. Dr. Bishop provides this information to help educate listeners and patients of his Osteo Strong business, while noting he is a cardiologist first and wants people to discuss their bone health with their doctor. He hopes listeners live as well as possible for as long as possible. Read more

EP330: Safe Lower Limits For Cholesterol Treatment

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. Dr. Warrick Bishop discusses lowering LDL cholesterol levels and whether it is safe to lower them very low. He explains that babies are born with very low cholesterol, and people with genetic mutations also have low cholesterol without negative effects. Studies show that lowering LDL to very low levels, even under 0.2 mmol/L, significantly reduces heart disease risk without increasing other health issues. Tests found no cognitive impacts of lowering LDL cholesterol levels using PCSK9 inhibitors. While statins may slightly increase diabetes risk, other cholesterollowering drugs do not appear to have this effect when lowering cholesterol alone. Read more

EP329: Bloods For Bone Health

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. Doctor Warrick Bishop discusses various blood tests that can be done if someone has concerns about their bone health such as osteopenia or osteoporosis. He recommends checking kidney and liver function, as well as calcium, phosphate, magnesium and vitamin D levels. Hormone levels should also be analyzed, including testosterone, estrogen, thyroid and adrenal functions. Additional tests may provide information about bone markers, prostate health, inflammation and growth. Regular screening through blood work in combination with lifestyle changes can help detect bone issues early and slow or prevent further bone loss. Read more

EP328: Discussing Statin Intolerance

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. Dr. Warrick Bishop discusses statin intolerance and the nocebo effect in his podcast. He describes a study that found 78% of patients believed to be statin intolerant were actually able to tolerate the medications. Another study found 72% of self-reported statin intolerant patients could take statins without issues when blinded to the therapy. A trial called Samsung found that 90% of reported muscle symptoms were from the nocebo effect rather than the statins themselves. Dr. Bishop concludes that lowering statin dosage frequency or adding other drugs can help many more patients achieve health benefits from cholesterol lowering therapies. Read more

EP327: Statins, Co Enz, Q10, Sams and Metformin

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. Dr. Warrick Bishop discusses various topics related to heart health in this episode. He talks about coenzyme Q10 and how exercise can help increase levels of it, even for those taking statins which are known to lower Q10. He also discusses the drug metformin, how it is commonly used for diabetes but is being studied for other potential benefits like reducing cancer and Alzheimer's risk, though these benefits seem mostly applicable for those who are overweight or prediabetic. The podcast aims to educate listeners about lifestyle factors like weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure that can impact heart health. Dr. Bishop encourages listeners to join his Healthy Heart Network for support and information on improving heart health and reducing heart attack risk. Read more

EP326: Conference Time

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. This episode discusses a recent cardiology conference attended by Dr. Warrick Bishop. Several interesting talks were presented, including ones on polygenic risk scores, links between cholesterol and amyloid, and new RNA therapies for lowering lipids. Dr. Bishop found talks on improving care for rural communities and a condition called CHIP (clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential) particularly fascinating. The conference provided valuable insights and opportunities for networking with colleagues. Overall, Dr. Bishop felt it was well worth attending to learn the latest advances and perspectives in cardiology. Read more

EP325: Gladiator and Trainer to the Stars: Lourene Bevaart (Part 2)

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. This episode features a discussion between Dr. Bishop and Lourene Bevaart about health and wellness. Lourene discusses how she helps people improve their health through lifestyle changes like diet, exercise, and supplements. She talks about redox signaling molecules and how replenishing these can help cells repair and combat aging. An interesting point she makes is that our levels of these molecules decrease by 10% each decade, which helps explain aging. Lourene finds the supplements especially helpful for issues like brain fog, fatigue, and digestive problems reported by many of her clients. Read more

EP324: Gladiator and Trainer to the Stars - Lourene Bevaart (Part 1)

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. Doctor Warrick Bishop interviews Lourene Bevaart, a former world champion karate athlete and one of the original Australian Gladiators. Lourene shares how she achieved her childhood dreams of becoming a phys ed teacher, world champion, and mother. She describes her experience competing on the first season of Gladiators and being selected to join the show. Lourene went on to become a personal trainer, working with famous clients like Russell Crowe and Shane Warne. Her passion now is helping others improve their heart health and live active, healthy lives for longer. Read more

EP323: Interview With Dr Kaplan Part 2: A Day in the Life of a Cardiologist

Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients. Dr. Warrick Bishop and Dr. Jason Kaplan discuss their daily routines to maintain cardiovascular health and longevity. They both wake up early, do meditation or yoga, exercise regularly, and follow a mostly plant-based diet for meals. Dr. Kaplan also practices intermittent fasting a few mornings a week. They emphasize the importance of sleep, relationships, and stress management. An interesting point made is that even small, consistent lifestyle changes can have significant long-term health benefits when done cumulatively over years. Read more