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Hot Tubs Can Land Your Heart In Hot Water

If you enjoy relaxing in a hot tub but have a heart condition, soak with caution. Medical experts say sudden or extended immersion in hot water can superheat your body and stress your heart. “Hot tubs and saunas are potentially dangerous for patients with known or suspected heart disease,” says cardiologist Curtis Rimmerman, MD. However, … Read More

Helping Your Heart Keep Pace (Video)

Sometimes the pathway in the heart’s electrical system is interrupted, which causes changes in heart rate and rhythm. A slow heartbeat can occur because the sinus node, the natural “battery” of the heart, is slow. Other times electrical conduction between the upper and lower chambers of the heart is disrupted. When this happens, the heart … Read More

Busting 5 Myths About Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

Blood pressure and heart rate go hand in hand (or arm in cuff) in most people’s minds. After all, these two “vital signs” are measured together at the doctor’s office. But the two measure distinct factors related to your heart health. Blood pressure is the force of blood flowing against the walls of your arteries, … Read More

It’s True—We Can Be ‘Scared to Death’

In this month of Halloween, we look forward to scary movies and haunted houses, and we often use the term “scared to death” to describe our response. The truly scary thing is that this phenomenon, while rare, can happen. Intense emotion can trigger a heart attack in susceptible individuals. But even people without an underlying … Read More

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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: Target Heart Rate

Do you need to reach a target heart rate to get a good workout? Yes No Answer: No In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: Fitness companies include heart- rate monitors with treadmills, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, and stationary bicycles, promising to guide people to heart- rate targets that put them in … Read More