Some questions for you: Name the biggest killer (most common cause of death) of women over age 25 Did more men or women die Of strokes? Breast Cancer kills more women than Heart disease true or false? Below are some facts: read them, understand them, protect yourselves, save your wives, mothers, sisters and friends. Women do not believe that heart disease is a health threat, yet it’s the Biggest killer! More than 35% of all Female deaths are from cardiac disease.  We are NOT protected before the menopause, the risk is lower BUT not risk free. Doctors also believe the risk free fallacy!



  • Know your family history, if you parents or siblings had problems young, your chances of getting it are high.
  • Assess your other risk factors – smoking, diet, weight, exercise, lifestyle and activity, there are plenty of good apps, books and websites to help you make a judgement.
  • Be prepared – how would you know if you were having a heart attack? What could you do while waiting for the ambulance and paramedics? Does anyone know CPR?
  • How will you help younger siblings and children, to cope with the genetic and lifestyle legacy? Or is it ok for them to go through what you do? If it’s good enough for me it’s good enough for them?
  • Research, read, talk, ask, participate this is your life, a Doctors ten minute appointment. Fight for your right to live healthily as possible.

Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), said British patients should become more assertive and see themselves as “equal partners” with their doctors, with legal rights.

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So this blog is not about the bypass but rather a clarion call to get YOU all to be aware of this disease and be prepared to fight! I have done more, lived harder, suffered and achieved things I thought were impossible because I wanted to live. I did not want to orphan my child at 14 or 24. My father died when I was 24, he was 55, I have lived longer than he did because I know this disease better than we did then!

I Can’t Believe It’s Butter Chicken
This is a recipe that will work for Jack Sprat and his wife, for those who need low fat food and those who don’t. I love the flavour of butter chicken but cannot take the level of fat so here is my recipe with acknowledgement to Sanjeev Kapoor.
You can do this with boneless and bone chicken it’s about time and preference, the latter is better in flavour! This is the boneless version, if you want to cheat buy roast tandoori chicken or pieces and put in sauce.
Stage 1
800g Chopped chicken pieces,
juice of a lime or lemon or use two tablespoon of bottled
Teaspoon Kashmiri chilli, (or half paprika, half chilli powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Leave to marinade at least 20 minutes
Stage 2
Now add:
Teaspoon mustard french
Teaspoon turmeric and garam masala each
Tablespoon each of puréed garlic and ginger ( or block of frozen)
1 finely chopped chilli
Pinch kasuri methi lightly toasted and powdered (optional)
500 g pot of yoghurt fat free, the Greek strained is best, but any will work fine, best to drain using muslin cloth. ( look up hung yoghurt)
If you like hot add some more chilli powder, if I have I add finely chopped stalks of coriander.
Leave to marinate for two hours or overnight.

The Sauce
1 litre of good quality of passata or a kilo of finely chopped fresh tomatoes must be ripe.
Bash 7/8 green cardamoms, pinch of Kasuri methi and
3 cloves, 6 black peppercorns, teaspoon cumin seeds, coriander seeds ( or a tablespoon whole garam masala mix)
1 inch of cinnamon bark, a bay leaf  (I do not have mace but it’s recommended by some chefs)
Tablespoon each of Fresh ginger and garlic paste
2 green chillies chopped ( deseed if you like it milder)
Teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
Salt to taste

In a large pan heat a teaspoon of oil – rapeseed, coconut, olive oil or butter(optional I quite often dry fry spices but keep heat low)
Add spices wait for the smell (1/2 minutes), add ginger garlic & chillies stir fast for 2 minutes max, now add passata or tomatoes stir, I add half a litre of water and leave on a medium it should be simmering, no lid. Cook for about 30 minutes add more liquid if drying out or turn down the heat. Let it cool, and put in a mixer or blender and then if you want fancy strain to remove the bits of spices.
Remove chicken from marinade using a slotted spoon or tongs put on foil in a tray, roast in grill oven or on skewers in a barbecue or a griddle your choice, little bit of charring is good.
Put 2 teaspoons of cornflour in a jug add some cold milk or water to make a paste. Now add the remains of the yoghurt marinade to the corn flour paste and put into the tomato mix, stir and heat until bubbling, it will curdle, the corn flour should reduce it but it may not. Let it cook very slowly for 5 – 10 minutes, as the yoghurt mixture had raw chicken, it MUST be hot. Now add the roasted chicken pieces and all the bits. Mix well, let it heat through. Check for seasoning a teaspoon of honey or sugar may be added if too sour as some tomatoes can be, add salt chillies if needed.
Now you can split into two bowls: first put half in one just add fresh coriander.
For the rest add a nob of butter let it melt, then add 50 ml of double cream stir, warm do not boil. Transfer and decorate with coriander serve with steamed rice, roti or nan.