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It’s really discouraging that most Americans do not get regular exercise. Also, many who are exercising aren’t doing it effectively to lower their cardiovascular risk.
Children have lower heart rates than adults, so usual calculations for optimum heart rate for exercise don’t apply. Figure a child-size approach to fitness.
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
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
We often look forward to scary movies, and we’ll talk about being “scared to death.” The truly scary thing is that fear with consequences so extreme may be rare, but it can happen. Intense emotion can trigger a heart attack in susceptible individuals. But even people without an underlying heart problem can literally be scared (almost) to death. It … 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.