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Monitoring your blood pressure by taking daily readings at home
over a period of time can provide a more accurate sense of your
true pressure than a reading in the doctor's office, which may be
artificially high or low.
The American Heart Association recommends that people with type 2
diabetes should undertake an exercise program combining aerobic
exercise with strength training. This strategy is best for
protecting the heart and improving muscles' response to insulin.
People taking the "triple therapy" combination of aspirin,
Plavix, and warfarin are at increased risk of bleeding. A panel
of experts has recommended a set of guidelines intended to make
taking this drug combination safe and effective.
Researchers are exploring how the use of music therapy may aid in
the treatment and recovery of cardiovascular patients.
The Heart Rhythm Society has published guidelines for the
procedure to remove broken, damaged, or worn out pacemaker or ICD
People with heart failure are more likely to have a B vitamin
deficiency, possibly due to decreased appetite, faster
metabolism, and medications that may remove certain nutrients
from the body.
A Dutch study that recommends starting to take a statin
medication prior to having vascular surgery supports existing
advice from the American Heart Association.
A pair of studies adds to the evidence that a Mediterranean-style
diet not only benefits the heart, but can also help counter
age-related decline in brain function.
Eating before having a blood pressure test can artificially lower
the reading by a few points.
Brief reports on a potential alternative to warfarin, the added
harm of cholesterol in fried foods, reducing stroke risk, and
comparing higher doses of a statin with a combination drug.
One morning last week I woke up hearing my heartbeat in my left
ear. I hear it most clearly when I am in bed or sitting quietly.
My health is good, and I was told after a recent cardiac workup
that my heart was "perfect." Should I be worried?