Marathons push the envelope of a human’s physical limitations. But can the strenuous training for this ultimate endurance test push a runner’s heart too hard? Outwardly healthy runners do on rare occasion collapse with unforeseen heart issues. Should a middle-aged recreational runner worry about straining his heart when ramping up training for the big race? … Read More
When it comes to cardiovascular health, following a healthy lifestyle is always important. That’s true even if you take cholesterol-lowering statins. Experts stress that statins, exercise and a heart-healthy diet are great partners in your efforts to improve and maintain heart health. Cardiologist Michael Rocco, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Stress Testing in Preventive Cardiology at … Read More
Though the health benefits of exercise are clear, hectic schedules make fitting in workouts difficult. A great solution is to work physical activity into your everyday routine. Instead of taking the car to work, turn your commute into a daily workout: Take out your bike and cycle to work. Health benefits of exercise Some health … Read More
Exercise is good for you, but some extreme athletes can push past healthy limits. A research paper showed that some endurance athletes who exercised at very high intensity over long periods of time have higher rates of heart problems than people who exercise more moderately. This new analysis of existing studies found that chronic extreme … Read More
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A recent analysis of existing studies on patients with heart failure says that exercise helps patients deal with the disease, and that for certain patients, vigorous exercise can help even more. The benefits of exercise for people with heart failure are well known, but the focus on intense exercise is new. After reviewing the study, … Read More
Patients often ask me: Is sex good for your heart?
The question seems simple. The answer is complicated, in part because of the limits of what research can tell us. But we do have a strong sense that sex fits in with a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Exercise benefits people of all ages, and those with heart conditions are no exception. Adapted from The American Council on Exercise’s top 10 list of reasons seniors should exercise, here are the top five: 1. Optimize heart health Regular, cardiovascular exercise combined with a healthy diet helps prevent heart disease. But you can still benefit … Read More
Developing the best cardiovascular exercise routine not only includes the amount of time you exercise, but also the intensity of the workout. Monitoring your intensity will allow you to get the optimal caloric expenditure and burning of fats and carbohydrates. A good heart rate monitor can help you monitor the intensity of your workouts.
True or False: Exercise is dangerous for the heart patient. True False Answer: False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: The long-held myth that heart patients should not exercise is flat- out wrong! Exercise improves heart health, whether you have heart issues today or wish to avoid them in the future. … Read More