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When you have coronary artery disease
(CAD), there’s a greater chance that getting
the flu could cause other health problems.
Getting a flu shot every year is the best way
to keep the virus away. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
recommends that everyone ages 6 months
and older get a flu shot.
Also, anyone older than age 65 should get
a one-time pneumonia vaccine. People
with CAD and certain chronic conditions
should also get the pneumonia vaccine.
A stress test detects how well your heart works when
you exercise. Here’s what you should know:
Who is tested?
If you have coronary artery disease (CAD), a stress
test may be ordered if you have new or changing
symptoms. It may be done if you recently had a
heart attack or heart surgery.
What can be learned from the test?
The test helps your doctor diagnose heart
problems or blockages. It also can help doctors
decide whether medicine or surgery is needed.
What can I expect during the test?
Wires will be attached to your chest and hooked
up to a machine that monitors your heart’s
activity while you walk on a treadmill at
increasing speed.
How should I prepare for the test?
Your doctor will tell you if you need to stop any
medications or avoid caffeine. You should wear
comfortable clothes and shoes.
Are Statins Safe for You?
Exercising and eating a healthy diet are the main
ways to control high cholesterol. But if those aren’t
enough, your doctor may recommend a medicine
called a statin. Millions of Americans use these
medicines to reduce their cholesterol levels.
Statins keep your liver from making more cholesterol.
Over time, you’ll have less cholesterol in your blood.
This lowers your risk for heart disease, heart attacks
and strokes.
In general, statins are safe. But like any medicine,
they come with risks.
Your doctor may check you for side effects. Tell him
or her if you have any new symptoms while taking a
statin. However, never stop taking your medicine
without checking with your doctor first.
Protect Yourself from the Flu
& Pneumonia this Fall
What Is an Exercise
Stress Test?
Are you looking for assistance with
managing your heart disease?
(800) 288-2902
to speak with a
HAP Nurse Health Coach.