Heart Health

Just as an engine makes a car go, your heart keeps your body running. Heart disease is a wide-reaching term to describe a range of conditions that affect the heart. The term “heart disease” is often used interchangeably with “cardiovascular disease” and generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain, or heart failure. Other heart conditions, such as infections and conditions that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or beating rhythm, are also considered forms of heart disease. There are dozens of cardiovascular diseases—the following are the most common:

Heart Health

New BP Guidelines Questioned

Posted by Sondra Forsyth Sondra Forsyth

On December 19th 2013, ThirdAge.com reported on the new hypertension guidelines from The American Society of Hypertension Inc. and the International Society of Hypertension. The revised recommendation was150/90 for people 60+ before starting treatment, up from the recommendation of 140/80 that has been the standard for 30 years.

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5 Reasons Senior Heart Patients Need Exercise

Posted by Jane Farrell

Editor’s Note: You might think that the best course is to simply rest if you have heart disease. But doing the right kind of exercise can benefit you in some very substantial ways. Here, the American Council on Exercise and the Cleveland Clinic offer some suggestions to get you going. Remember, though, to talk with your doctor before beginning or resuming any exercise program, and to follow his or her recommendationis for the right exercises for you. 1. Exercise Optimizes Heart Health.

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A Patch for Tracking Heart Rhythms

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Research done at the Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego has found that a small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythms than the Holter monitor that has been the standard of care for more than 50 years.