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The fu vaccine helps prevent the fu and
lessens your symptoms if you do get it. The
CDC recommends that everyone ages 6
months and older get a fu shot.
Also, anyone older than age 65 should get
a one time pneumonia vaccine. People
with coronary heart disease and certain
chronic conditions should also get the
vaccine. It protects against a bacteria that
can cause pneumonia.
Get Your Flu Shot This Fall
The Heart and
Brain Connection:
Heart Disease and
Stroke Risk
Coronary heart disease can increase your risk for
stroke. How? Heart disease can cause a condition
called atrial fbrillation (AF). It occurs when your
heart beats very fast and in an irregular pattern.
The abnormal fow of blood can cause blood clots.
Blood clots can travel from the heart to the brain
and cause a stroke.
The good news is that you may be able to prevent
AF. To reduce your risk:
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Don’t smoke.
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Exercise often.*
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Limit or avoid alcohol. Stick to two drinks or
less a day for men and one drink or less a day
for women.
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Eat a healthy diet that’s full of whole grains,
fruits and vegetables.
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Take your medications and visit your doctor
regularly.
How to Tame Your
Resting Heart Rate
Coronary artery disease (CAD) means a blood vessel
that carries blood to your heart is blocked. This makes
your heart work harder than normal. It can lead to
chest pain, heart attack and death.
When you have CAD, it’s important to take steps to
lower your resting heart rate. Your resting heart rate is
how many times your heart beats per minute when you
are relaxed and not moving. Reducing your resting heart
rate helps take some strain of of your heart.
Here are four ways to control your heart rate.
Exercise for 30 minutes fve days per week.*
Aerobic
exercise such as walking, swimming or cycling
strengthens the heart and lowers resting heart rate.
Take your medication.
Your doctor may prescribe
beta-blockers, which decrease your heart rate and
blood pressure.
Quit smoking.
Nicotine in tobacco smoke increases
your heart rate with each puf.
Stress less.
When you’re stressed, your heart rate
speeds up. Yoga, meditation or deep breathing can
help your body and mind relax.