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Riegel B, Moser DK, Anker SD, et al. State of the science:
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The American Heart Association is promoting a series of healthy
lifestyle habits known as "The Simple 7" in an effort to improve
the health of Americans and reduce deaths from cardiovascular
An exercise stress test is a good — but not great — indicator of
the health of the heart and coronary arteries. It works quite
well for people who are likely to have cholesterol-clogged
arteries and who can exercise long enough to reach their maximum
heart rate. The test isn't as good for people at low risk of
heart disease, or those who are too frail or out of shape to
exercise long enough.
A self-care plan can help keep people with heart failure healthy
and active. This advice will also be helpful to the people caring
for those with heart failure.
Heart attacks are much less deadly than they used to be,
primarily due to advances in knowledge and understanding of the
underlying cause of heart attacks, and to the prevalence of
specialized coronary care units.
The steps that should be taken to prevent dementia are also
likely to help protect the heart and the rest of the body.
The VITAL study hopes to determine whether taking vitamin D and
omega-3 fats have an effect on rates of cardiovascular disease,
cancer, and other illnesses, and whether high dosages of these
supplements are safe.
Brief reports on the potential risks of a certain diet drug,
cutting salt intake, the effect of bronchitis and emphysema on
the heart, and fish oil and longevity.
I am 95 years old and recently began treatment for early macular
degeneration in one eye. My retinologist said that PreserVision
might help protect the other eye. But she cautioned that it
contains a large dose of vitamin E, which could cause a bleeding
problem with the Coumadin I take because of a mechanical aortic
valve. What would you suggest?
I have allergies. Could they be the reason I have high blood
Some friends invited me to accompany them to Rocky Mountain
National Park. I would love to go, but I have high blood pressure
and worry that high altitudes are dangerous for people with this
condition. Is that the case?