Cardiac Rehab: A Step-by-step Guide to a Program That May Save Your Life
During cardiac rehabilitation, your blood pressure and other vital cardiovascular information is carefully monitored while you exercise.

Cardiac Rehab: A Step-by-step Guide to a Program That May Save Your Life

If you’ve had heart surgery or you’ve received a stent in a coronary artery, you may have also been advised to participate in cardiac rehabilitation. It’s a program designed to help you recover from your procedure and to help set you on a path to better cardiovascular health.

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  • Mediterranean-Style Diet Helps if You Already Have Heart Disease

    Diet, Exercise and Supplements

    Mediterranean-Style Diet Helps if You Already Have Heart Disease

    The popular eating plan has been touted for helping to prevent heart disease. New research suggests it also has benefits if you are a heart patient.

    A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and unrefined foods—along with a little olive oil—may help heart patients lower their risk of heart attack and stroke. A recent study found that following a Mediterranean-style diet offers protective benefits for individuals...

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  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery in Women

    Surgery and Devices

    Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery in Women

    The way plaques grow, rupture, and lead to heart attack is the same in men and women. In women, however, plaques tend to develop in smaller arteries; in men, the larger arteries. Finding CAD in small arteries can be challenging for heart surgeons. Think vermicelli noodles.

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  • Are You Doing Everything You Can to Prevent Heart Disease?

    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Are You Doing Everything You Can to Prevent Heart Disease?

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD), the disease that leads to heart attack and stroke, is the Number One killer of women in the U.S. Although deaths from CVD have dropped 29 percent in the past two decades, the disease kills as many U.S. women every year as cancer, accidents, COPD,...

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  • Women See Improved Outcomes with Valve Repair Replacement

    Valves and Vessels

    Women See Improved Outcomes with Valve Repair Replacement

    The rate of success for heart valve surgery is the same for men and women.

    Bypass surgery gets a lot of press, but it isn’t the only type of heart surgery some women need. Sometimes, a heart valve needs to be repaired or replaced. Women can expect excellent results with either approach. “The rate of success for both procedures is the same as for...

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  • Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Women's Heart Advisor Ask the Doctors: July 2016

    I’m confused about the relationship between weight and heart disease. Should I be more concerned about my BMI, waist size, waist-to-hip ratio, or something else? I worry about my risk of heart disease. Should I have a CT angiogram to put my mind at ease? I always thought a...

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  • CT Scans Generally Safe for Patients with Cardiac Devices

    Valves and Vessels

    CT Scans Generally Safe for Patients with Cardiac Devices

    Despite concerns that the imaging tests may interfere with your ICD or pacemaker, the FDA and health experts agree that your risks are low.

    Improvements in technology are reducing the risks certain machinery and magnetic fields pose to individuals with implantable cardioverter devices (ICDs). But many ICD patients still have concerns about whether they can safely undergo computed tomography (CT) scans. These are...

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  • LVADs May Help Broader Range of Heart Failure Patients

    Meds Management

    LVADs May Help Broader Range of Heart Failure Patients

    A Cleveland Clinic study finds that left ventricular assist devices can improve quality of life, but there are some serious risks.

    A Cleveland Clinic study has found that a greater pool of heart failure patients may benefit from left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). These pumps are attached to the heart to help maintain a steady flow of blood out of the heart to the rest of the body.

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  • Get More Exercise into Your Daily Routine

    Prevention

    Get More Exercise into Your Daily Routine

    If you have hypertension or a heart condition or a physical challenge such as knee arthritis, be sure to talk about safe exercise options with your doctor. There may be certain precautions you should take or signs of trouble you should be aware of before you start. Symptoms such as...

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  • Options for Atrial Fibrillation

    Valves and Vessels

    Options for Atrial Fibrillation

    I have recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) on beta-blockers but when they occur I feel very poorly. My doctor has discussed drug therapy and ablation. Which is better? I have chronic atrial fibrillation, but cannot take blood thinners due to recurrent bleeding. Are there...

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  • Risks and Symptoms

    Heart Beat: July 2016

    Unlike the traditional heart attacks that are accompanied by chest pain and other symptoms, silent heart attacks can occur multiple times without you even knowing it. An observational study of more than 90,000 older adults who suffered falls suggests that starting new blood...

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  • Download the Full July 2016 Issue PDF

    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Download the Full July 2016 Issue PDF

    Confusion also swirls around vitamin K and warfarin. Vitamin K is found in many foods, including leafy green vegetables, such as kale and spinach. Dr. Cho notes that too much vitamin K may reduce the effectiveness of warfarin. However, the foods rich in vitamin K are also part of a...

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