Exercise is on your to-do list, for sure. But do questions about how to safely combine physical activity with heart disease keep you from starting a fitness routine? Relax. A smart plan can put your body in shape and make your ticker stronger.
Yes, as long as you stick to what your doctor says you
When you find out you have heart disease, it can be a big wake-up call for your diet. You know it's time to make some changes, but how far should you go? Will a moderate shift do, maybe cutting back on high-fat foods? Or do you need to take bigger steps, like going vegan? To figure out the best appr
If something went wrong with your heart, would you know it? Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor like you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tel
Not too long ago, if your doctor said you needed a blood thinner to prevent a stroke, you didn't have to think too hard about it. Warfarin (Coumadin) was the only way to go. But not anymore. With four other medications to pick from, you'll have to do a little homework to figure out what's best for y
Today's the big day. Maybe you've got a job interview lined up. Or you're having dinner with your future in-laws for the first time. Suddenly your heart races too fast or feels like it skipped a beat. It's just the jitters, right? Could be. Sometimes, though, that thumping is a problem called atrial
The signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib) might seem pretty hard to ignore: a racing heart, trouble breathing, chest pain, and dizziness. You’d feel these symptoms and know something was wrong, right? Maybe not. Nearly a quarter of the estimated 2.7 million people who have AFib have no symptoms at all
It's normal to wonder if your heart is ticking just right. Sometimes you may think it beats too slowly. Or you might worry it's racing too fast. The truth is, there's a lot you've heard about your pulse that's flat out wrong. It's time to set the record straight.
That's the old standard. Many doctor
As you go about your day, you probably don’t think much about the organ that makes it all possible: your heart. It pumps for you all day long, and it’s your hardest working muscle. You can help keep it going for years to come with these six must-do steps. “It’s some of the best medicine,” says Atlan
At least three times a day, you do something that has the power to help protect your heart. You eat! All those meals and snacks affect your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol. And that impacts your heart. So the next time you sit down to eat, use these seven smart tactics.
If your mom or dad had a heart attack, you might wonder if that’s going to happen to you, too. But your family’s history doesn’t have to become your future. You can do a lot to protect your ticker. It's true that you’re more likely to get heart disease if it runs in your family. Yet it's only part o