Can Too Much Extreme Exercise Damage Your Heart?

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

Study: Vigorous Exercise May Help Heart Failure

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

5 Common Questions About Sex and Your Heart

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. Below are answers to five common questions. 1. Is sex … Read More

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5 Reasons Senior Heart Patients Need Exercise

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

Serious About Your Workouts? Get a Heart Rate Monitor

Contributor: Chris Travers, MS, Exercise Physiologist 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 … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Exercise

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