Managing Heart Disease

Taking Medications

All About Blood Pressure Medication
Several kinds of medicine are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. Here are some of the main types.
When You’re Taking Heart Medications
These medications are life-giving and powerful. It's important to take them just as your doctor has prescribed.
Easy Ways to Remember to Take Your Medications
If you have more than two medications to manage, consider getting a pill organizer -- a special container marked with the days of the week. Besides housing multiple medications, a compartmentalized organizer can be useful for keeping track of the medications you've taken.
Medications for Coronary Artery Disease
These medications make it easier to take care of coronary artery disease. They have helped many people stay healthy and avoid heart attacks.
All About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
According to the American Heart Association, there are five main types of cholesterol-lowering medications.
Heart Disease: Managing Multiple Medications
Whether you take prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicine or both, there are important guidelines to follow to get the most from them.
Did You Take Your Blood Pressure Medicine Today?
When you miss a dose of your blood pressure medicine, you might not notice a difference. But your body does.
Stopping Blood Pressure Drugs Risks a Stroke
Medication to control high blood pressure only works if you take it.
Aspirin and Your Heart: Should You or Shouldn’t You?
Although aspirin is a common over-the-counter medication, it’s not appropriate for everyone.
Heart Disease: Considering Cold Relief
Colds and the flu can be serious for people with heart disease.
A Must-Know Guide to Drug-Drug Interactions
Drug-drug interactions occur when one drug interacts or interferes with another drug. Such interactions are dangerous because they can alter the way one or both of the drugs act in the body. They can also cause unexpected side effects. The following information can help you avoid drug-drug interactions.

Watching Your Blood Pressure

Heart Disease: How Disease Management Helps
Participating in a disease management program gives you the chance to ask questions about exercise, medication, diet, and other treatment options.
Checking Your Blood Pressure at Home
Home blood pressure monitoring can be a good way for you and your doctor to learn how your blood pressure changes during the day.
Checking Your Own Blood Pressure
Did you know you can purchase your own blood pressure monitor and check the reading yourself at home?
Managing Prehypertension Without Drugs
Even if your blood pressure is normal or high-normal, you're still at increased risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), the condition in which your heart works too hard and the resulting forceful blood flow harms arteries.
Managing Hypertension with the DASH Diet
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet reduced blood pressure. This diet is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat and emphasizes fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

Making Healthy Food Choices

Diet and Cardiovascular Disease
The Choose My Plate plan from the federal government is a guideline to help you eat a healthy diet.
Cholesterol in the Blood
The cholesterol in your blood comes from the foods you eat and your liver—but your liver makes all of the cholesterol your body needs.
Calculating Calories and Fat Grams
Here's a formula to help you figure out how many calories and fat grams you need each day to maintain your current weight.
How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices
Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions.
Components of Food
When trying to make heart-healthy changes to your lifestyle and diet, it is helpful to know some basics about nutrition.

Being Active

Exercise: Before Starting an Exercise Program
It is always important to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program, particularly if you have certain health conditions.
Designing an Exercise Program
To improve your heart and lung fitness, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week.
Stay Fit When You Have a Health Challenge
Working out when you have a serious illness or health problem can be challenging. But for most people who have health issues, exercising can improve their prognosis and well-being. In fact, exercise can play an important role in helping you cope with or recover from a health challenge or accident.
Exercise and Target Heart Rate
The key to cardiovascular fitness is getting a good but safe aerobic workout. Heart rate monitors, which monitor your heart rate while you exercise, can help you do that with ease.
Risks of Physical Inactivity
Lack of physical activity has clearly been shown to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Have a Hearty Workout for Your Heart
Unlike other muscles, your heart muscle does not tire from use. Your heart is like other muscles, however, in that it needs exercise to work efficiently. What kind of exercise would that be? All it takes is a brisk 30-minute walk most days of the week.
Strength Training and Heart Disease
If you think that you can’t begin a strength-training program because you have heart disease, think again.

Staying Motivated

Heart Disease: How Disease Management Helps
Participating in a disease management program gives you the chance to ask questions about exercise, medication, diet, and other treatment options.
8 Mistakes Heart Patients Make
The way you respond to a heart attack can make a profound difference in what happens to you in the future.
Learning to Live with Heart Disease
Millions of people diagnosed with heart disease enjoy active, satisfying lives. Instead of looking on their diagnoses as sentences to be invalids, they have used them as catalysts to make positive changes in their lives.
Living With a Chronic Health Condition
Learning about your condition and doing your best to manage it can help you live a less fearful and more expansive life.

Working With Your Healthcare Provider

Heart Disease: Communicating with Several Providers
If you are like most people with heart disease, you have several providers who each treat you for a different health issue.
Heart Disease Worksheet
It's important to get regular checkups and periodic exams, especially when you have cardiovascular disease.