Category Archives: Cardiovascular Disease

Benefits of Cardiovascular Fitness

Cardiovascular exercise is aerobic activity* or exercise that requires oxygen and can be performed for a sustained period of time (i.e. longer than five minutes). (*Note: It is possible to perform anaerobic cardiovascular exercise but not recommended for untrained individuals or those with a low to moderate fitness level. For the purposes of this article…
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Atrial Fibrillation: A Commonly Overlooked Heart Condition

By: Farhat Khairallah, MD, FACC, FHRS The Heart Rhythm Society reports that atrial fibrillation (AFib) affects more than 2.5 million people in the United States, but many people do not even know they have it. This is alarming, because having AFib carries serious risks including stroke, congestive heart failure and death. One of the most…
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Get Moving for a Healthy Heart!

Because the heart is a muscle, its performance improves with exercise. Regular exercise helps prevent heart attack and stroke by lowering blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL, the bad kind). Exercise also makes blood-vessel walls more flexible and, in turn, helps prevent hardening of the arteries. Regular exercise also can reduce your risk for…
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How Women Can Manage Cholesterol

One in four American women has high blood cholesterol levels (240 mg/dL or higher), which is a major risk factor for CVD. Women with high cholesterol levels are more than twice as likely to develop heart disease as women with normal levels. Although excess weight tends to increase your blood cholesterol levels, heredity and diet…
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Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Being overweight (20 percent over normal weight guidelines for your frame and height) can increase your risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other medical problems. Being obese (more than 30 percent above healthy body weight) doubles the risk for cardiovascular disease. Achieving a Healthy Weight If you’re overweight, develop a weight-reduction…
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Eating for a Healthy Heart

Did you know that a heart-healthy diet can reduce the three major risk factors for heart attack—high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity? Eating healthy foods that are low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol and high in antioxidants and fiber also will reduce the risk for stroke. The DASH Diet Research has…
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Women Risk Factors for Heart Disease

One of the reasons that heart disease kills so many American women is because many women don’t even know that they have it, and the risk factors for heart disease in women are often different from those in men. The good news is that many of the risk factors for CVD in women can be…
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Use Caution With High Intensity Workouts

By: Mark Lui, Director of the TMH Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program [caption id="attachment_10620" align="alignright" width="150"] Mark Lui is an exercise physiologist and the director of Tallahassee Memorial's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program.[/caption] With the new year often comes resolutions for losing weight, and more and more people are turning to high intensity workouts to achieve their goals. These…
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Chest Pain? Dial 911!

By: Wayne Batchelor, MD [caption id="attachment_7583" align="alignright" width="150"] Wayne Batchelor, MD is a board-certified interventional cardiologist with Tallahassee Memorial Physician Partners, Cardiac & Internal Medicine Specialists, Services provided by Southern Medical Group, P.A.[/caption] Approximately 50 percent of heart attack patients do not call emergency services (EMS) or reach the hospital by ambulance. Why do so…
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