After-A-Heart-Attack

Four Therapies for Heart Attack Patients

If you've had a heart attack, you will likely need to be on medication. However, there are four therapies that can help maximize your heart’s healing and ultimately bring you to an enhanced level of health to help you avoid a second heart attack. * Follow a Smart Diet. As in the case of most any…

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What to Do After a Heart Attack

As you may remember, I recently wrote a blog called 5 Things Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You. In that blog, I invited readers to ask any cardiology questions they had. Last week, I answered one of the questions, and today I want to answer another. A reader wrote to ask me why they're still tired…

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48 Hours After a Heart Attack

Time is of the essence when you’re dealing with a heart attack. The best chance for survival and optimum recovery occurs if you are treated within two hours of the onset of symptoms. At the hospital, things will move quickly. Up to 50 percent of the time, sudden death is the first symptom of…

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Should You Take A Statin Drug?

If you have a history of cardiovascular problems, like heart attack and stroke, you are likely aware of statins, the ever-so-popular popular medications usually prescribed to help you maintain good cholesterol levels. Commonly prescribed statins include Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (avorastatin),…

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Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

Valentine’s Day is coming up, which is a celebration of love, intimacy, and the heart. It’s also a good time to address a sticky question that many people don’t want to ask, whether you can safely engage in intimacy after a heart attack or stroke. While sudden death from intimacy is rare,…

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What are ACE Inhibitor Drugs?

If you have cardiovascular problems, you may already be familiar with ACE inhibitor drugs, including Capoten, Altace, Vasotec, Lotensin, or Monopril. These drugs slow the activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), a protein produced in the lungs that converts angiotensin I—a harmless…

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Beta Blockers 101

If you have cardiovascular problems, you may already be familiar with beta blockers, including Propranolol Hydrochloride, Timolol, Metoprolol, Atenolol, and Nadolol. Beta blockers lower blood pressure levels, relieve angina, and help prevent damage to the heart when oxygen flow is reduced. In…

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Common Side Effects of Beta Blockers

Low-dose beta blockers are effective in treatment for atrial fibrillation and lowering blood pressure levels. They also help prevent damage to the heart when oxygen flow is reduced. Research shows that taking beta blockers following a heart attack protects against arrhythmias that can develop as a…

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The Benefits of Multivitamins

I know many of you have seen the headlines that I have proclaiming that “multivitamins are a waste of money” or “don’t work.” This media buzz was caused by an editorial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine with the headline, “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and…

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