How much exercise is optimal for heart health?

Just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day provides health benefits and increases longevity. Exercising for longer periods helps even more, but only up to a point, as the benefits seem to plateau beyond 45 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise a day. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Medications that affect warfarin

I'm helping my mother, who is in her late 80s, keep track of her medications, as she can be a little forgetful. Her doctor just started her on warfarin, which I've heard can interact with many different medications. What are the most common ones? More »

Do you need a cardiologist?

For people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, a primary care provider can usually effectively manage those conditions. But some people may need more focused care from a general cardiologist, or one with more specialized expertise. (Locked) More »

Keeping the heart in the right rhythm

Pacemakers have become a staple of cardiovascular care. The devices have gotten smaller, safer, and more reliable over time. For some people, a pacemaker is needed to prevent death. It is also used to improve cardiac function and quality of life. (Locked) More »

Omega-3 fatty acids: Does your diet deliver?

Most Americans don't get enough of the omega-3 fatty acids known as EPA and DHA in their diets. Eating two servings of fatty fish (including wild or farmed salmon) per week delivers recommended amounts. (Locked) More »