10 myths about heart disease

Believing outdated ideas about heart disease and what causes it can be dangerous. Ten myths that persist include the need for people with heart disease to take it easy; taking a cholesterol-lowering drug means you can eat anything you want; it’s okay to have high blood pressure when you are old; controlled diabetes won’t cause heart disease; supplements of antioxidants can lower the risk of heart disease; it’s too late to quit smoking; cutting all fat from the diet is good for the heart; a small heart attack is no big deal; angioplasty and bypass surgery “fix” the heart; and heart disease is a man’s problem. More »

Avoid these with heart medications

Many heart medications are known to interact with certain foods, beverages, vitamins, dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs, and other prescription medications. An interaction may cause the drug to become more powerful, or render it less effective. When this happens, heart disease may progress, or the risk for a heart attack or fatal arrhythmia may increase. It'’s important to ask a doctor or pharmacist to examine all drugs—prescription and over-the-counter—as well as supplements to check for possible interactions. (Locked) More »

When a drug you take comes under fire

Negative press about a medication's possible side effects isn't necessarily a cause for panic. It's important to get these questions answered before making any changes: Was the drug proven to cause the side effect? Was the side effect worse than the disease or condition for which the drug is given? How common was the side effect? (Locked) More »

How to prepare for a safe vacation

People with heart disease should take precautions before going on vacation. These include making sure to take more than enough medications as well as a  recent electrocardiogram, basic medical information, and their doctor’s contact information. It'’s important to make sure it'’s safe to fly or visit a high-altitude destination. Staying adequately hydrated is important. Those with a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator should ask for a pat-down instead of a wand search by airport security. Buying air ambulance or repatriation insurance before leaving home may also be wise. (Locked) More »

For best results, take your medications as prescribed

Faithfully taking blood pressure, cholesterol, and other heart medications as prescribed can reduce the risk of developing heart disease or its consequences. Taking these medications sporadically can increase the risk of heart attack or death. (Locked) More »