The best heart healthy workouts for your 60s 70s and 80s

Even after many years of not exercising, there are compelling reasons to get active. People who increase their activity in mid- to late life reap benefits in terms of longer life and lower heart disease risk. A good exercise regimen involves increasing daily activity as well as establishing a structured exercise program that includes moderate aerobic activity and some form of strength training.  More »

Take nitroglycerin to ease-and avoid-a common heart disease symptom

Nitroglycerin, a drug that relieves the chest pain known as angina, comes in a variety of different formulations. These include short-acting tablets or sprays taken under the tongue and longer-acting pills and skin patches. By widening the heart’s arteries and reducing the heart’s workload, nitroglycerin can treat and prevent angina as well as help ease common symptoms of heart failure such as shortness of breath. Possible side effects include headaches and dizziness. Men who take drugs such as Viagra for erectile dysfunction should never take nitrates.  More »

The diabetes-heart disease connection and what it means for you

High blood sugar and other diabetes-related problems harm the heart in several major ways. There are now many ways to control the disease and reduce heart risk. In addition to lifestyle changes that benefit both diseases, there are new and effective medications available to control blood sugar.   (Locked) More »

PAD It is a pain in the leg

Calf or thigh pain while walking that goes away with rest is the hallmark of peripheral artery disease. Although often dismissed as a back or hip problem, it can be the first indication of blocked or narrowed arteries throughout the body. Such problems in the legs usually indicate similar problems elsewhere in the body. Treating peripheral artery disease focuses on relieving leg pain and reducing the chances of having a heart attack or stroke. The best medicine for leg pain is a program of regular walking. Cardiovascular risks are addressed with a combination of lifestyle changes and medicines to control high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol.  (Locked) More »

Back on your feet: Tips for recovering from cardiac surgery

Cardiac surgery takes a toll on the body. Following the discharge instructions and avoiding overexertion can help speed recovery and avoid setbacks. Proper care of the chest incision is of primary importance. The ability to recuperate quickly also depends on having a good home support system in place following surgery. (Locked) More »