Any type of heart condition requires some precautions and common sense when youre ready to exercise. This is especially true for people with heart failure, because the heart has been weakened and cannot meet the bodys higher demand for blood during physicalactivity. But exercising is as important for people with heart failure as it is for anyone else. And if youre at risk for heart failure, workouts that can strengthen the heart are particularly valuable. So what should you know about exercising with heart failure?
The American Heart Associations current recommendations for better cardiovascular health call for at least 150 minutes of exercise each week. But research shows that one of the keys to preventing heart disease, diabetes and other health problems is frequent movement, and not just a single daily workout.
Hearts take a beating over time. If you've had a heart attack, your heart is particularly exhausted, and at much higher risk for heart failure or coronary artery disease. Exercise, most doctors will tell you, is key in keeping a strong and durable heart. But you probably need more than you think.
Group therapy that encourages walking at home is helping people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) improve their mobility. A small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that a group of PAD patients who attended weekly therapy sessions that promoted walking five days a week at home regained mobility, improved walking speed, and had less mobility loss compared to a group of PAD patients who attended general health information sessions that didnt stress home exercise.
If youre exercising just 10 to 15 minutes a day, take heart. Youre doing more than you think to live longer. A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that any amount of leisure-time physical activity is associated with a significantly lower risk of death when compared with no activity at all. However, the study also showed that people who exercise at least 150 minutes a week have an even greater reduction in mortality risk.
My daughter is hooked on yoga and insists I try it. Im in my late 60s and, like most women my age, am overweight and take a statin for high cholesterol. Frankly, Im afraid to try yoga. Is it safe?
The benefits of exercise are usually measured in terms of stronger muscles and improved cardiovascular fitness. But recent research suggests that even simple at-home exercises can do wonders for your mental and emotional outlook, too.Researchers found that at-home exercises can help people with coronary heart disease feel more hopeful about their future. This is especially important, as hopelessness is associated with worsening heart disease and death. The study was presented at the American Heart Associations Scientific Sessions.
As the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter, your outdoor exercise routine may be ready for a seasonal adjustment. Bringing your workouts indoors for the winter can actually do more than simply keep you out of the chilly air. The changes can also provide physical and mental benefits, explains Michael Crawford, manager of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic.
The rates of peripheral artery disease are climbing around the world, according to a recent study, and the news is prompting physicians to raise awareness of PADs causes and its often-misdiagnosed symptoms. PAD is similar to coronary artery disease (CAD), and is the result of narrowed or blocked arteries, usually in the legs, where it can lead to pain while walking and exercising.
What you think you know about cardiovascular disease may not always be true, and sometimes that misinformation could put you at risk. To help explain the truth behind some common heart myths, Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeon Marc Gillinov, MD, shares some insight. Dr. Gillinov and Steven Nissen, MD, head of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, also teamed up recently to write a book that addresses myriad issues surrounding heart health called Heart 411.
How quickly your heart rate returns to normal after strenuous exercise can be a key indicator of heart health, and a recent study found that regular exercise can improve your heart rate recovery (HRR) within just a few months. The results are important because research shows individuals with a healthy HRR live longer than those with an abnormal HRR, in which the heart takes longer to slow down to a normal rate. The study, published in the Sept. 26 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, was led by Leslie Cho, MD, co-section head of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation and director of the Womens Cardiovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic.
If youre at risk for heart disease or diabetes, youre better off with an exercise regimen that includes both aerobic activity and weight training. Thats according to a study published in the July 7 online issue of the American Journal of Cardiology (AJC). Researchers found that overweight patients at risk of heart disease and/or diabetes saw a significant reduction in their weight, waistline and diastolic blood pressure when they participated in a program of weight training three days a week and two hours of aerobics exercise per week.