Marching orders: How to start a walking program

A regular walking routine can lower blood pressure, stave off diabetes, and prevent heart disease. Finding walking buddies, using a pedometer, and following a walking workout plan may help people stick to a program. Walking is a good choice for people with heart disease because a walking program can be easily adapted to challenge those with different fitness levels. For people new to exercise, an eight-week program that gradually builds from 10 to 30 minutes of walking a day is a good place to start.  More »

Cardioversion for afib

Electrical cardioversion is a procedure that’s done under sedation to treat atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders. Electrodes placed on the chest deliver low-energy shocks to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.   (Locked) More »

Is a low heart rate worrisome?

Athletes and other people who are very physically fit may have heart rates of 40 to 60 beats per minute. A normal resting heart rate ranges between 60 and 100 beats per minute.  (Locked) More »

Cardiac rehab is often the best medication for recovery

Taking part in a multiweek program of structured exercise paired with lifestyle and nutrition education is a well-documented treatment step for improving quality of life and maybe survival after a heart event. However, all too frequently, people don’t enter a program because of the lack of a doctor’s referral or other barriers to participation. (Locked) More »

The balancing act: A guide to heart-friendly holiday eating

In the setting of holiday fun and festivity, the willpower to make heart-healthy food choices can quickly evaporate. Planning ahead can help you navigate the hazards of holiday overindulgence while enjoying the flavors of the season. Instead of denying yourself once-a-year favorites, practice a balanced plate strategy that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, grains, and lean protein. (Locked) More »

When blood pressure dips too low

People who feel dizzy or lightheaded when they stand up may have orthostatic hypotension, a condition in which blood pressure drops dramatically upon standing. As many as 30% of emergency room visits for fainting may be due to orthostatic hypotension. The problem is more common in older people, who are more likely to have conditions that increase the risk, including having high blood pressure and taking certain medications. Strategies to help prevent blood pressure drops include drinking plenty of water throughout the day and wearing compression stockings or an abdominal binder.  (Locked) More »

Longer work hours may boost stroke risk

People who work at least 55 hours per week may face a higher risk of stroke than people who work 35 to 40 hours per week. Working long hours may lead people to sit more, sleep less, and have higher stress levels-all of which can boost stroke risk. More »