SecondsCount.org

Our Mission

The world’s leading heart doctors created SecondsCount.org to give you the most complete, unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date information available on heart and vascular disease. From the most basic questions about your cardiovascular health to the latest news on diagnosis, treatment and prevention, SecondsCount.org has the answers you need to make the best decisions for your cardiovascular health.



Activity

  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    What are the health risks of sedentary living?

    Hitting the gym each day may not be enough to prevent heart disease, especially if you crash in front of the television in the evening. New research suggests that time spent being sedentary carries serious health risks. 
    • An article published in January 2011 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology
    ...Read More
    Bridget Burke like this.
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    How can walking help me manage my stress levels?

    Walking is a simple way to manage your stress levels. Evidence suggests that chronic stress contributes to heart disease, so if you are often stressed it may be time to put on your walking shoes.
    Walking has direct and indirect effects on your stress levels. Physical activity directly supports stress...Read More
    Nancy Drollette like this.
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    What are FITT guidelines for stretching?

    The FITT acronym can remind you to slightly alter the Frequency, Intensity, Time (duration), and Type of exercise you do, as you are able, to steadily improve your physical fitness.
    Stretching is one of three main types of exercise. (The other two are cardiovascular aerobic exercise and strength...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    Should I follow the FITT principle for exercise?

    Starting -- or revitalizing -- an exercise program can feel like a big task. First, start where you are most comfortable. Select exercises in consultation with your physician that you enjoy and that are appropriate given your health history. Then use the acronym FITT for an easy way to remember how...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    What are FITT guidelines for strength training?

    The FITT acronym can remind you to slightly alter the Frequency, Intensity, Time (duration), and Type of exercise you do, as you are able, to steadily improve your physical fitness.
    Strength (or resistance) training is one of three main types of exercise. (The other two are cardiovascular aerobic...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    How does cold weather affect my heart?

    When outdoor temperatures drop, you may not realize it, but your heart has to work harder. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, heart failure causes most deaths from hypothermia - a dangerous condition in which the body’s temperature falls below normal. Additionally, cold temperatures...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    Which types of exercise are best?

    When it comes to improving your physical fitness, you should do whatever types of exercise you enjoy. Remember to discuss your current fitness level, health history, and fitness goals with your physician before beginning an exercise program. Once you are ready to begin (or to change your current...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    What are examples of moderate-intensity and vigorous-intensity activity?

    Moderate-intensity aerobic activity noticeably accelerates your heart rate. Examples of this type of activity include brisk walking, cycling at moderate speeds, mopping, or walking with a purpose. Moderate-intensity activity also generally “breaks a sweat.” As a general guideline, if you are doing...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    How can I work up to exercising five days a week?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your long-term goal is to do cardio (or “aerobic”) exercise at least five times per week. Of course, the more the better, if you are able.
    If you need to set up small, more achievable temporary goals, aim to get cardio in at least three...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    How long of a break should I take before working the same muscle group?

    It is recommended that you strength-train your muscles at least two times per week. Strength training is the process of building and maintaining muscles in the body by using progressively heavier weights (or resistance). Rest at least one to two days in between working the same muscle groups again....Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    What are realistic goals I can set when walking for fitness?

    Realistic goals for walking for fitness will always be very individualized, based on your current physical fitness level and goals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (brisk walking) per week. In other words: 30 minutes of exercise,...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    How can I stay motivated with a walking and exercise program?

    It is natural to lose motivation to continue a walking or exercise program. But the health benefits you give up by stopping are too great. Here are common reasons for losing motivation for an exercise program and things you can do to keep going. Among the many rewards you will reap is a lower risk...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    Is my child's chest pain likely to be caused by a heart condition?

    If your child is experiencing chest pain, it is only natural to be worried about your child’s heart health. Fortunately, chest pain in children is rarely due to a heart condition, unlike in adults. More than 95 percent of children who have chest pain will not have anything wrong with their heart....Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    If I want to increase my fitness level, how long should I do cardio for?

    Your cardio sessions should last at least 10 minutes at a time. But the longer you are able to exercise, the more calories you will burn and the more endurance you will build. Aim to slowly increase the duration of your physical activity over time to reach at least 30 minutes of continuous cardio. If you...Read More
  • SecondsCount.org
    SecondsCount.org answered:

    What is white coat hypertension?

    High blood pressure is typically defined as a reading of 140/90 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) on two or more visits to the doctor’s office. But in some patients, the doctor’s office reading may be higher than that person’s blood pressure as measured at home. This is referred to as white-coat hype...Read More