Mending a broken heart

Mending a broken heart

Matters of the heart will come under scrutiny at free University of Aberdeen talk taking place this Valentine’s Day (February 14).

The foods of love and the link between diet and cardiovascular disease will be discussed at the latest in the series of Café Med talks which take place at the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill health campus between 6pm and 8pm.

The talks – organised by the University’s Public Engagement with Science team – give the public an opportunity to hear about the work of researchers and clinicians involved in a range of medical conditions.

Monday’s audience at the Mending a Broken Heart event will hear from nutrition expert Dr Alexandra Johnstone and heart and chest surgeon Mr Robert Jeffrey.

Dr Johnstone, of the University’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, said: “As it’s Valentine’s Day I will start off by talking about aphrodisiac foods such as champagne, chocolate, bananas and oysters and then I will move onto to talk about the science behind food and how certain diets can protect against cardiovascular disease.”

Mr Jeffrey, consultant cardiac surgeon at NHS Grampian, added: “Following Dr Johnstone’s talk, I’ll tell you what Surgery may have to offer if the aphrodisiacs and balanced diet fail to prevent coronary heart disease. “

The Café Med talks are part of the University’s Café Scientifique series which is supported by a Science Engagement grant from the Scottish Government. For more information see: