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Beat Your Heart Woes with Exercise

Beat Your Heart Woes with Exercise

Regular light activity can help reduce your risk of heart disease.

Heart patients should take note of what researchers from the University of Alberta suggested at a recent Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. Many folks with heart disease spend most waking hours sitting, lying down and watching TV, and they need to change that up—with an iron-clad schedule of seven minutes of light activity, such as walking, every 20 minutes. That way they’ll burn around 770 extra calories a day, help circulation, reduce inflammation and raise their spirits.

But sometimes—as we discussed in our feature on MitraClip to remedy mitral regurgitation caused by a leaky heart valve—more than lifestyle intervention is needed. Sometimes we have to make a mid-course correction.

Our correction: The MitraClip device, from the healthcare company Abbott, has been used to treat more than 70,000 (up from 33,000) patients since it was first approved in 2008 (in 2013 in the US).

Yours: It’s time to change how you guard your heart health by taking charge of your well-being (get that pedometer and timer) and working with your doc on medical interventions (be it the MitraClip or anti-hypertensives, statins, aspirin or diabetes meds). That’ll give you big rewards. So move it and use it—or lose it!

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