Cardiovascular diseases

All the organs in the body are important, but the heart certainly deserves a special care. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 75% of CVD deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.

Cardiovascular diseases refer to disorders related to the heart and blood vessels. In the UK, every 7 minutes, somone suffers from a heart attack and around 160,000 people die from heart and circulatory diseases every year. In Portugal, in 2012 there were over 30 000 deaths due to cardiovascular diseases.

The following image describes the different cardiovascular diseases:

Cardiovascular diseases: coronary heart disease – disease of the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle; cerebrovascular disease – disease of the blood vessels supplying the brain; peripheral arterial disease – disease of blood vessels supplying the arms and legs; rheumatic heart disease – damage to the heart muscle and heart valves from rheumatic fever, caused by streptococcal bacteria; congenital heart disease – malformations of heart structure existing at birth; deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism – blood clots in the leg veins, which can dislodge and move to the heart and lungs.

In any of these scenarios, an early detection and management on an existing condition are essential. If you would like to know more about the status of your heart, Medical Port has a special check-up that focuses solely on the heart. Check the image below or send us an email for more information.

Cardiovascular check up

Additionally, adopting healthy habits, as described in the previously article  is also advisable, as smoking, hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, overweight and a sedentary lifestyle are all risk factors.

Sources: WHO   Heart UK   Revista Factores de Risco

Trips to Douro in Portugal according to international press

The North of Portugal has been gaining a lot of attention for the past few years. It’s biggest city, Porto has been featured in news outlets all over the world. Associated to a trip to Porto is always a trip to Douro, the wine region that is an UNESCO monument.

The Telegraph calls it a trip to the heart of Portugal following the Douro River from Porto to the Spanish border were the reporter found some of the most authentic things Portugal has to offer. In the words of Stanley Stewart, the journalist from the Telegraph who took the trip “the Rio Douro, the River of Gold, is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, and the journey upriver one of the most scenic routes on the continent.

Recently another renowned publication, Travel Weekly wrote about what they called “a chic stay in Portugal wine country” suggesting places to see the Douro River beyond the cosmopolitan city of Porto and where food and wine compete with the astonishing views of the Douro valley for the first place in travellers minds. Like many travellers do, the reports stayed at a property that besides producing their own wine, also offer a luxury stay and great food. And they describe Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House, as “(…)an oasis of flat turf where guests could amble between indoor and outdoor public spaces, relax at the swimming pool and, most definitely, sample a fine dining experience — outdoors, weather permitting — built around fresh, local foods and wine made from the property’s own grapes.

The exposure Douro is getting in the press is increasing the tourists’ curiosity for the region, making Porto and Douro a must see in 2016.

Read the entire articles here:

Travel Weekly

The Telegraph

American news website, Newsday, writes about a memorable trip to Porto, Portugal

Porto – Portugal’s second largest city – was recently classified as “intoxicating” by an article on Newsday, because of its amazing views and smells.

The author took a trip to Porto and realized the city is full of contrasts and offers stunning views for its visitors.

Porto is described by its two sightseeing landmarks: “The city offers two high-impact sightseeing thrills: the postcard-perfect ambience of its riverfront Ribeira district and the opportunity to learn more about (and enjoy) the port wine that ages here. Porto also has sumptuous churches, worthwhile museums, beautifully tiled buildings (even the train station), and a bustling Industrial Age market hall.

The fact that in Porto is possible to find in a short distance away a street crowded with tourists and cafés and another street filled with local overlooking the neighbourhood in their little balconies amazes the author. It is possible to see within a short walk the touristic Porto and the typical Porto with its natives.

Food and drink is another serious subject when a trip to Porto is described. The author tried seafood, the typical Francesinha sandwich, and the world-famous Port wine.

The article says that a trip to Portugal isn’t complete without a trip to Porto. Whether you are considering visiting Lisbon or the Algarve region, make sure to include Porto in your itinerary because as it is stated in the article “Whether you’re enjoying Ribeira’s riverfront promenade, cruising the Douro, or sampling port in this port city, Porto gives you a fine taste of authentic Portuguese culture.”

Read the full article here.

Porto in Portugal is in the news all over the world

For the past few months news articles about Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, have been written all over the world. From the newspaper Los Angeles Times, the American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar to the Australian newspaper Herald Sun, Porto has been highlighted for its natural beauty, magnificent monuments and great food.

The LA Times emphasizes that Porto is full of art, history and architecture and everyone must see at least 4 places:

São Bento Railway Station

“Visitors who travel to Porto by rail are rewarded with murals of 20,000 hand-painted tiles depicting naval battles and other historic scenes.”

Church of Saint Francis

“Every tour book highlights the 15th century Church of St. Francis and its altars, statues and other religious icons supposedly gilded with more than 400 pounds of gold.” 

Lello Bookstore

“This bookstore, rated third best in the world by Lonely Planet a few years ago, has a stunning stained-glass ceiling, a red-carpeted wooden staircase and a banister crafted in the Gothic style.” 

Serralves Museum

“This 45-acre site, about a 15-minute taxi ride outside Porto’s historic district, attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually.”

Harper’s Bazaar talks about Porto in an article about the “10 underrated European destinations”, uncrowded cities that make a perfect European vacation.

“It’s hard not to fall in love with Portugal’s romantic second city, Porto. Located on the coast of the Rio Douro, the portside town is a melting pot of colors and architectural styles; from the pastel townhouses to the medieval bell towers, the extravagant baroque churches to the classical beaux-arts state buildings. Wine aficionados come here for the growing number of wine caves and cellars open for tastings, while music-lovers travel for the Primavera Sound festival every June.”

Herald Sun advises travellers to Porto not to pack tight clothes because it’s hard to walk in them after eating so much great food “pack plenty of elastic-waisted clothing because the food and wine are irresistible”. The Australian newspaper describes the city as “(…) an elegantly tarnished city with a rich history that dates back to the Romans. Its chipped wall tiles, peeling paint and rusty ironwork are part of its charm, and it is extremely charming. Its colorful Ribeira (meaning riverside) district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site”.

Porto is becoming increasingly popular for river cruise lines

Portugal’s second largest city, Porto is known for its day cruises up and down the Douro river. But for those wanting to experience the Douro river in its plenitude a cruise up the Douro Valley is the way to go. Cruises can take from two days up to two weeks depending on the experience you are looking for.

Canada.com news website features Porto river cruise lines in an article highlighting why the city is becoming more and more popular for tourists from all over the world. Such popularity is also bringing the interest of international cruise lines, with some already established in Porto and new ones planning to do come next year, as the article refers:

“There are historic churches and museums, of course, and beautifully tiled walkways but I was there to learn more about the Douro and find out why it has become so fast-growing and popular for river cruises. Viking, AMA Waterways, Uniworld and CroisiEurope are here and next year Scenic Cruises will bring its new ship to the Douro, the Scenic Azure, with its all-inclusiveness.”

Douro region is a UNESCO heritage site, with its old vineyards and wineries where the sweet Douro wine is produced.

But travelling across this river is much more than seeing grape vines:

“This cruise leisurely winds through the Douro Valley below spectacular socalcos, stone-walled, terraced vineyards carved into the steep slopes where they’ve been making wine and port for 2,000 years.”

Porto offers its visitors magnificent places like palaces, museums, churches and other historical places in narrow streets up and down the hills.

The city is also famous for its charming streets with plenty of stores and great food. No visit to Porto is complete without a Port Wine tasting in Gaia, across the river, where the most famous brands offer guided tours to the wineries. Viewing Porto from Gaia is an experience everyone visiting should have.

Read the full article here.

Porto voted the preferred European destination for Americans

Airbnb recently did a research on where in Europe their American users are planning or willing to travel in the near future. The preferred destinations surprised them and their readers also. The number one preferred destination is Porto, in Portugal.

Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, has been a popular destination for European travellers for the past few years since is located just 2-3 hours by plane from the most important European cities. The increasing number of low cost flights operating to and from the city have spread the curiosity about the city. The North region of the country is known for its natural landscape, like the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Porto is described as a city for those who are looking for “wine, parties in summertime, historic churches and bell towers, and Baroque and Beaux-Arts architecture”. And Airbnb gives an advice to their readers: since many Americans are planning to travel to Porto the best choice is to “[…] get there before everyone else does!”

Visiting Europe has always been a dream vacation for Americans, but destinations like London, Paris and Rome used to top preferences. The fact that Porto is the number one on the list even took Airbnb by surprise.

Here is the complete top 5:

  1. Porto
  2. Milan
  3. Lyon
  4. Budapest
  5. Dublin
Also on the list of the preferred destinations to travel from San Francisco is Porto, followed by Vienna and Stockholm.

Read the full Airbnb article here.

Hello Magazine calls Porto the perfect city break destination

Online editors of Hello magazine visited Porto and its surroundings to discover why the city voted twice as the “Best European Destination”

Porto is Portugal’s second largest city, located in the North of the country. For those who associate Portugal to sunny beaches in the Algarve region, the editors created a guide to this city full of history and a rich culture. Highlighting the fact that:

“Culture is also high on the agenda, with Porto’s historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

The article emphasizes a must visit to the Palacio da Bolsa, the former Stock Exchange, a 19th century building which took 66 years to build.

Being Porto the birthplace of Porto Wine, no trip to the city is complete without a visit to the many wine cellars and a cruise along the Douro river to see the astonishing views of the Douro Valley where wine grapes are cultivated. Douro cruises also offer, according to the article:

“[…] an unrivalled glimpse at the medieval relics, colourful houses and narrow cobbled streets that add to Porto’s charm.”

Douro River Cruise
Douro River Cruise (picture from Hello Magazine)

 

The modern art foundation Serralves is also a must see place not only for the art exhibitions but also for the “stunning gardens”. Porto surroundings are also a must see. Hello magazine suggests a day trip to Guimarães, the city that was named European Capital of Culture in 2012. It’s must see places are the medieval buildings and 10th century castle, which are a “well worth visit”.

Serralves Foundation
Serralves Foundation (photo from Hello Magazine)

Click here to read the full article on Hello Magazine.

Read about Europe Best Destinations here.

How to look your best in 2015 in a girls only week

Have you have wondered how you can look younger without going under surgery? Then, the Medical Tourism package “Small details make the difference” is just right for you and your friends.

Medical Port and Sagres Vacations recently partnered to create Medical Tourism programs for Americans who wish to travel to Europe. This partnership aims to let consumers know that Portugal is a great option for Medical Tourism. Medical Port works only with top private hospitals and clinics in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve.

Choose Lisbon or Oporto for a week with friends and get yourself immersed in the right beauty treatments, deep and relaxing sleeping, and a good amount of fun. Look and feel younger and energize yourself for the New Year.

The medical component of the program includes:

  • Dermatology consultation
  • Fine wrinkles treatment
  • Flights, transfers with a private driver, hospital concierge, and accommodation.

As for leisure, travellers can:

  • A day cruise in Tejo River (Lisbon) or Douro River (Oporto)
  • Shopping day with the help of a personal shopper
  • Getting beautified – get your hair, make-up and nails done by professionals
  • SPA session – spend an entire day in a SPA
  • Girls night out – have a girls night with dinner and fun

When it comes to aging there are several ways to deal with this concern, but not all include going under surgery. There are dermatological treatments to make people look and feel younger, and regain confidence in themselves. Also, having time to relax, have fun with friends while traveling are great ways to rejuvenate oneself and feel better.

Why choose Portugal?
With centuries of History it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places to see and things to do. From visiting magnificent castles to amazing contemporary art museums, the choice is yours. Portugal is a very safe destination as it’s ranked 18 out of 162 in the Global Peace Index. There’s an average of 3300 hours of sunshine per year, one of the highest in Europe and nearly 30% of the population is fluent in English.

To find out more about this partnership read our previous blog post, here. If you want to know more about “Small Details Make the Difference” contact Medical Port, or Sagres Vacations.

Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue)

Hospital da Boavista in Oporto, Portugal

Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue in Oporto) is part of Medical Port‘s network of highly differentiated health units in Portugal and a great option for your Medical Tourism experience.

Hospital da Boavista in Oporto, Portugal
Hospital Lusíadas Porto (at Boavista Avenue in Oporto, Portugal)

Hospital Lusíadas Porto has been certified by the Joint Commission International in 2012, keeping the certification since then due to its standards of quality, safety, outstanding client care, excellence and prestige services, making it a reference for all its clients.

Hospital Lusíadas Porto at Boavista Avenue is a modern infrastructure endowed with the most advanced technology as well as a solid and experienced team of health professionals operating in areas of reference such as, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Urology, Nuclear Medicine, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, with a capacity of 18.733 surgeries per year and 54.780 inpatients.

Hospital da Boavista in Oporto, Portugal
Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue in Oporto, Portugal)

Also available is a 24 hour emergency service, for both adults and children, which includes an Observation Unit and Recovery Room (Life Support Unit).

Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue) has over 600 highly qualified healthcare professionals. Their aim is to innovate through their actions in order to offer their clients a friendly, trustworthy and welcoming environment, achieving excellence with dedication, both ethically and humanely.

If you’re considering having surgery or medical treatments abroad, visit Medical Port’s website for more information about procedures, hospitals and doctors available in Portugal.