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Prevent Frailty with Simple Exercises

Frailty is an all-too-common condition that can negatively impact quality and length of life. It’s a gradual process that renders an individual too weak to carry out the activities of daily living necessary to remain independent. Frailty is not necessarily a condition of old age: Individuals can become frail in their 60s. Although frailty is […]

No Salt? No Problem!

First, let’s tackle a misconception: Salt is not bad for you. Too much salt is bad for you. Our bodies need salt, but only a small amount, and most of us consume far more than we need. Ingesting too much salt raises blood pressure. Over time, it can make our blood vessels stiff, so our […]

Heart Beat: Pneumonia; Heart-Attacks; PAD; Atrial Filbrillation

Pneumonia Common, Often Fatal in Heart-Failure Patients An analysis of two major clinical trials revealed that patients with heart failure (HF) have three times the expected risk of getting pneumonia, and when they do, have four times the risk of dying from it. The risk is particularly high in patients with heart failure with preserved […]

New Prescriptions for Weight Loss

Would you be surprised to learn that only 28% of American adults are at their ideal weight? A hefty 32% are overweight, and an additional 40% are obese. These numbers worry preventive cardiologists like Dennis Bruemmer, MD, PhD, who see the adverse effects of excess weight every day. “People who are overweight and obese face […]

Should You Add Protein Supplements to Your Diet?

Competitive athletes use protein supplements to help their tired bodies recover. Protein, “the building block of life,” plays a key role in repairing damaged tissues and building new muscle. There’s a good chance you’re not a serious athlete or even a weekend warrior. Should you add extra protein to your diet?  The answer may be […]

Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

A new year, a new you! We hope you are planning to start the year by making lifestyle changes that will improve your health. If that’s on your mind, you’re in good company: Surveys indicate that about 60% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and the vast majority are about health (and money, of course). […]

Lower Your Blood Pressure with the Low-Sodium DASH Diet

There’s no shortage of salt in the American diet. We consume an average of two to three teaspoons of sodium (the primary component in table salt) a day—more, when we indulge in fast foods or processed foods. Sodium causes water retention, which raises blood pressure. The relentless force of chronically high blood pressure exerted on […]

Don’t Be Scared of Pumpkin!

What would October be without pumpkins? Church parking lots and farmers’ markets are filled with orange globes of every size and shape waiting to be taken home and carved into scary jack o’lanterns. Doorsteps and dining tables are decorated with pumpkins surrounded by colorful fall leaves. After Halloween is over, thoughts turn to Thanksgiving and […]

Do Your Homework Before Taking a Dietary Supplement

Given a choice between taking a dietary supplement made from plants or a drug made by a pharmaceutical company, most people will choose the natural product. Interest in natural supplements is high, and demand is expected to double by 2024. But when some natural products are taken along with prescription medications, serious problems can sometimes […]

Rapid Heart Rate Recovery Is the Sign of a Healthy Heart

Your heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute. It may vary during the day, but will rise significantly when you exercise. How quickly your heart rate returns to normal after you stop exercising is known as heart rate recovery (HRR). If your HRR is slow, you may be headed for […]

Self-Testing HRR

The only reliable way of measuring HRR is with a stress test. However, there are several ways you can get a general idea of how well your heart recovers at home. First, locate your pulse by placing your fingers on your wrist or the carotid arteries on your neck, under your jaw. Then, climb the […]

Food and Physical Exercise: The Relationship Is Complex

The American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association recommend adults get a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise for heart health. Hopefully, you regularly meet this goal by walking, biking or swimming 30 minutes a day five days a week. Even better, you surpass it, particularly if you are trying to lose […]