Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation    What is it? Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and it occurs when the electrical impulses of the top two chambers of the heart (the atria) become distorted. This causes these chambers to quiver (or fibrillate) instead of beating regularly. When the atria fail to beat regularly, it allows for the blood to pool and potentially form a clot. If this clot then travels to the brain this […]

7 Heart Healthy Shopping Tips for Seniors

February is Heart Health Month, and there’s no better time to do a “gut check” on the foods you and your loved ones are eating. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Canada states that strokes kill 32% more women than men. Needless to say, it pays to be aware of what […]

Dancing as a Workout

How It Works Get ready to hit the dance floor! Dancing is a whole-body workout that’s actually fun. It’s good for your heart, it makes you stronger, and it will help with balance and coordination. A 30-minute dance class burns between 130 and 250 calories, about the same as jogging. Sign up for a class. Your teacher will lead you through a series of choreographed steps. The focus might be on the footwork, but the series of leaps, turns, […]

Exercise for a Healthy Heart

Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. It’s never too late to start exercising, and you don’t have to be an athlete. Even taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can make a big difference. Once you get going, you’ll find it pays off. People who don’t exercise are almost twice as likely to get heart disease as people who are active. Regular exercise can help you: Burn calories Lower […]

Study: Eating More Fruit Cuts Heart Disease Risk

Sept. 2, 2014 — Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of getting heart and stroke problems by up to 40%, researchers say. Their new study also found that the more fruit people ate, the more their risk of getting cardiovascular disease declined, and their blood pressure was lowered. The findings are based on a study of 451,682 people enrolled in a health study in China and were presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, Spain. The participants […]

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