Posts Tagged ‘heart failure’

The Facts about Pacemakers

A healthy adult heart beats between 60 and 100 times a minute. Each beat is prompted by a group of cells in the upper right chamber of the heart. This biological “spark plug” fires at regular intervals, generating an electrical signal that travels through the heart, keeping the heart beating regularly. But if the heart’s…

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Following a Pacemaker

If you suffer from arrhythmias, such as bradycardia (a slower than normal heartbeat); heart block (a problem that disrupts electrical signals to the heart), or heart failure, your doctor may recommend insertion of a pacemaker. Pacemakers use electrical stimulation to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. Pacemaker insertion is an inpatient procedure,…

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Top 10 Medical Problems in Seniors

As we age, staying healthy becomes more difficult. According to the National Committee on Aging, 80% of seniors have at least one chronic medical condition; 68% have more than one. What issues are we likely to have? Here are the top 10 chronic medical problems in seniors, as determined by Medicare records: 1. High Blood…

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American College of Cardiology: Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives

According to an upcoming report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation saves lives, but too few people enroll in this critical intervention. The American Heart Association advises that nearly 2.5 million Americans should be receiving cardiac rehab each year. This includes nearly one million people who have undergone angioplasty (also…

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What is Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac rehab is a three-pronged approach to treating certain cardiovascular health conditions. It consists of exercise training geared toward cardiovascular health; education about therapeutic life changes, such as smoking cessation and heart-healthy nutrition; and stress management. Cardiac rehab can be provided in both outpatient and inpatient facilities. According to the American Heart Association and the…

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