Your Heart Is Your Responsibility
It takes effort to change old habits, but if your doctor suggests things you should do to improve your cardiovascular health, acting on those suggestions could extend your life and improve your quality of life.

Your Heart Is Your Responsibility

If you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, or have been diagnosed with heart or vascular disease, what are you doing to lessen the likelihood you will suffer a heart attack or stroke? Are you eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising? Keeping your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels under control? Have you tossed your cigarettes to thecurb?

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Stay Active After a Heart Attack

    Daily exercise should be part of your plan to prevent another cardiac event.

    “If you were not active before your heart attack, it’s particularly important that you make exercise a priority. If you were active before your heart attack, don’t be afraid to resume the same activities, once you get clearance from your physician,” he says....

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    Prevention

    What Vitamins Should You Take to Improve Your Heart Health?

    Save your money, experts say. Better yet, spend it on vegetables and fruit.

    A Chinese study (included in the JACC paper) found that folic acid supplements reduced the risk of stroke 22 percent overall and 73 percent in participants who took folic acid in addition to their blood pressure medication. But those findings might be different if a...

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    Prevention

    Alternative Anticoagulants Gaining in Popularity

    Doctors and patients alike prefer them to warfarin for stroke prevention.

    The first DOAC was approved for stroke prevention in AFib in October 2010. Until that time, the only option was warfarin. Although this old standby is highly effective, its dose must be raised gradually, and patients must undergo regular testing to ensure they maintain enough...

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    Meds Management

    Small Pumps Help Failing Hearts

    Whether used temporarily or in place of a heart transplant, these implants help the heart pump blood more effectively.

    Patients with heart failure rely on multiple medications to keep their heart pumping as efficiently as possible. For many, medications slow the progression of heart failure long enough so they can live a normal length and quality of life. But when maximum medical therapy no longer...

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Heart Beat: September 2018

    Patients with type 1 diabetes require multiple insulin injections a day. This can make it difficult to keep blood glucose levels within the ideal range. Now there’s a smartphone app that can help. The Guardian Connect continuous glucose monitoring system works hand-in-hand...

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Ask The Doctors: September 2018

    You can improve your sleep habits by getting regular exercise, avoiding daytime naps, avoiding caffeine and powering down electronics before bed. Maintain a strict sleep schedule, which means going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. If you’re overweight, snore...

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Download The Full September 2018 Issue PDF

    If you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, or have been diagnosed with heart or vascular disease, what are you doing to lessen the likelihood you will suffer a heart attack or stroke? Are you eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising? Keeping your blood pressure, blood...

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