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Older people, or those with a chronic condition like heart
disease or osteoporosis, need yoga teachers who understand their
The potency of some cardiovascular and other drugs is affected by
grapefruit, pomelo, and other juices. Some of the most common
drugs affected by grapefruit are listed below.
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and calcium supplementation in prevention of cardiovascular
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supplements on risk of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular
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intermittent smoking: a review.
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If you have had a problem taking a medication, or a medical device
has caused you harm, tell the FDA about it. The more information
the FDA has about so-called adverse reactions the better. This
information can be used to make new drugs and devices safer, and to
caution other folks about using certain drugs or devices.
Your body needs calcium to build bones, contract muscles, send
nerve signals, help enzymes and genes do their jobs, and much
more — including making your heart beat. Some time in middle age,
calcium seems to start moving from bones to the cardiovascular
system, where it stiffens arteries and heart valves. A report
linking calcium supplements to an increased risk of heart attack
now has researchers eyeing too much calcium as a possible
contributor to heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular
Almost 25% of smokers smoke only a few cigarettes per day, or
smoke only once in a while, but they are still exposing
themselves to the same health risks as heavier smokers. Dr.
Rebecca Schane and her colleagues at the Center for Tobacco
Control Research and Education at the University of California,
San Francisco, reviewed nearly four dozen studies of light and
intermittent smoking, along with data in the U.S. Surgeon
General's report, The Health Consequences of Smoking. They
compiled this list of health hazards associated with light and
Many claims have been made about the ability of resveratrol to
prevent heart disease and other illnesses, but the little
research in humans has not tested for long-term health, and there
are many unanswered questions about side effects.
Yoga's combination of gentle exercise, stretching, focus on deep
breathing, and the resulting greater mindfulness may be of
particular benefit to people living with cardiovascular disease.
The Food and Drug Administration has established a toll-free
number that consumers can use to report adverse side effects from
medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) and medical
A trial of the antidepressant sertraline in people living with
heart failure did not ease their depression.
Researchers have concluded that caffeine does not affect the
development of atrial fibrillation.
I avoid grapefruit juice because my doctor says it affects how my
body handles the Lipitor I take for my cholesterol. Should I also
stay away from pomelo?
I am an 84-year-old man with atrial fibrillation, mild heart
failure, and high blood pressure. My doctor had me wear a Holter
monitor and get a SPECT scan. Now he wants me to have a cardiac
MRI. What info would this test give that he doesn't already have?
I'm a 79-year-old man with atrial fibrillation on Pacerone. I
also take warfarin and aspirin. I plan to have a tooth pulled
next month and wonder if it is safe to go off the blood thinners.
How are these medications handled when serious surgery is needed?
Many people in my neighborhood heat their homes with wood stoves.
The smoke really bothers me. Does what's coming out of their
chimneys affect my heart?