Moderate Activity May Be All Your Heart Needs

If you’re a middle-aged woman who didn’t get to the gym every day last week, here’s some good news. Moderate physical activity (including walking and doing housework) may be enough to keep your heart and blood vessels healthy, according to a recent study. As part of The Million Women Study in the United Kingdom, 1.1 … Read More

The Couch Potato Cure

When it’s dark long before dinnertime and temperatures are finger- and toe-numbing outside, the urge to hibernate hits. Although winter can be tricky, there are many ways to keep your children active during the cold months. The first step is to limit screen time, says Eileen Kennedy, PhD, pediatric psychologist with Cleveland Clinic’s Center for … Read More

Sitting All Day Could Shorten Life

Even if you do moderate exercise at the gym or at home, prolonged sitting is proving to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. So says a study of post-menopausal women released this spring by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Researchers blame the negative cardiometabolic effects of sitting in a chair for many … Read More

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Short of Breath? It Could Be a Heart Issue

There is a myth out there that continues to tell us that as we age, our activity level will dramatically decline. This is simply not true, says Leslie Cho, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. “The fitter you are, the better you will feel as you age,” says Dr. Cho. “Current level of fitness … Read More

Skiing Marathons Soon After Surgery

Athlete Jay Wiener gives this firsthand account on recovering from mitral valve repair and his journey to getting back into the race. Two months after having mitral valve repair at Cleveland Clinic, I found myself back in the race. My first test was the American Cross-Country Ski Marathon in Northwest Wisconsin. I felt better at … Read More