Heart Disease

Older Men on Statin Drugs Exercising Less

Older Men on Statin Drugs Exercising Less

Statins are prescribed to lower cholesterol and close to a third of older adults in the U.S. are regularly taking the drugs. Although there is much discussion and controversy over the side effects and some unintended health impact of statins, they are still a popular choice in the prevention of heart attacks and stroke in seniors. But a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine reports on another concern for older adult men taking statins.

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Medicare to Cover Rehab for Heart Failure Patients

Medicare to Cover Rehab for Cardiac Failure Patients

Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance benefit coverage is constantly changing. While healthcare industry trends often move at lightning speed, government health policies are notorious for not always keeping pace with patients’ needs. In a welcome move, Medicare recently decided to make a major change in its coverage policy for those individuals with chronic heart failure. Medicare will now cover cardiac rehab for some heart failure patients. While Medicare provides rehab benefits for other cardiac patients, such as those having heart by-pass surgery, people with cardiac failure have not been able to participate in rehab as a covered service.

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Benefits of Daily Baby Aspirin Worth It?

By Diane Carbo

The theory that everyone over 50 years of age should take an aspirin a day to lower the risk of a heart attack or stroke is being debated. Research has found that the risk of taking aspirin do not outweigh the benefits in some individuals. The decision to be on a daily aspirin regime should be something that every individual should discuss with a health care provider and determine if the risks outweigh the benefits.

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Protect Your Heart, Measure Blood Pressure

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One risk factor that is within your control is blood pressure.

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Understanding the Heart

By Dr. Jeffrey Brock

The heart is a powerful ‘machine’ which integrates pumping, electrical, fuel delivery and valve systems. Heart disease is very common but many individuals fail to know and seek medical help for the common early warning signs. To better understand heart disease, one must understand each system. 

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Diabetes & Heart Disease Linked

by Mahala Church

Heart attacks and strokes occur twice as often in people with diabetes, and tend to be more serious. Diabetics also have heart attacks at younger ages. Those are some sobering statistics if your family has a history of diabetes and high risk factors are already evident.

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Heart Disease Care

by Mahala Church

Heart failure is the primary reason Medicare patients are hospitalized. These patients often have co-morbid conditions that put them at a high risk for a poor outcome from heart failure.  They are more likely to be re-hospitalized within one year.

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