General Heart Health Tips for Heart Valve Problems
Since people with heart valve problems may have other heart problems,
it is wise to take steps to improve overall heart health. These steps
Drinking plenty of fluids (especially after
exercise) to prevent
dehydration, which may increase symptoms of
lightheadedness and palpitations.
Keeping your weight within the
normal range for your height. Being overweight creates additional stress on the
Cutting back on or eliminating caffeine (including coffee,
tea, colas, and chocolate). Some nonprescription pain medicines (such as
Excedrin) also contain caffeine. Caffeine increases heart rate and may increase
episodes of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).