As You Become Increasingly Frail, Your Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Grow
Neither frailty nor cardiovascular disease are inevitable.

As You Become Increasingly Frail, Your Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Grow

You can break the downward spiral by taking steps to regain your strength and confidence.

Frailty is not necessarily associated with older age alone. More often than not, it’s a consequence of poor lifestyle choices that lead to deconditioning. That’s why there are 60-year-olds whose descent into frailty is preceded by years of high blood pressure, diabetes, and other cardiovascular risk factors that cause them to become increasingly sedentary and at risk for heart attack and stroke.

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Thrombectomy Does Not Alter the Need to Treat Stroke Quickly

    The faster a stroke is treated, the better the outcome is likely to be.

    Paramedics are taught to take stroke victims to the nearest stroke center. But it may be in some patients’ best interest to be taken to a center that performs thrombectomy, even if it’s farther away. These may be patients with severe strokes, in which case one-half their...

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  • treadmillStressTest

    Prevention

    Don’t Let a Stress Test Stress You Out

    This standard test is a safe way of obtaining information on how well your heart functions.

    This is a special type of stress test ordered to evaluate heart failure or a potential heart transplant recipient, or to determine whether shortness of breath is caused by heart or lung disease. It is performed on a treadmill or cycle with EKG, but a breathing apparatus is used to...

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  • aorticHeartValve

    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Should Your Replacement Valve Be Made of Tissue or Metal?

    “Porcine valves typically fail suddenly and unpredictably by tearing. If this were to happen in the aortic position, the patient would require emergency surgery. That’s why we use porcine valves in the mitral position. If a mitral valve fails, we can lower the...

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Abandoned Leads Can Cause Major Problems Later On

    If your pacemaker or other cardiac device needs to be replaced, be sure the extra wires are removed, too.

    Various types of CIEDs are used to restore a normal rhythm when a heart starts beating too slowly, too fast or irregularly. They range in sophistication from a simple, single-chamber pacemaker with one lead to a biventricular pacemaker with defibrillator, which has three leads....

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  • Heart Beat

    Prevention

    Heart Beat: August 2018

    After a careful review of 17 years of statin studies, the European Atherosclerosis Society concluded that the potential benefits of statins outweigh the risks. Their consensus document, published online April 27, 2018, in the European Heart Journal, examined the incidence of...

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  • HA Michael Rocco MD

    Prevention

    Ask The Doctors: August 2018

    The effect of egg consumption on cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been controversial. Because of the known relationship between blood cholesterol levels and CVD, we used to think that eating eggs, especially egg yolks that are high in cholesterol, would increase cholesterol levels...

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  • heart advisor magazine

    Prevention

    Download The Full August 2018 Issue PDF

    Frailty is not necessarily associated with older age alone. More often than not, it’s a consequence of poor lifestyle choices that lead to deconditioning. That’s why there are 60-year-olds whose descent into frailty is preceded by years of high blood pressure, diabetes,...

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