Harvard Heart Letter

Double trouble: Coping with arthritis and heart disease together

Key treatments for both diseases—exercise and medications—demand extra attention and planning

Many people with heart disease—nearly 60%—also deal with painful joint damage due to arthritis. Coping with both conditions together poses some special challenges, especially with regard to exercise and medications.



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Swimming doesn't put any pressure on the
joints, so it's a good exercise option for people
with arthritis.

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