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HOT TUB AND HEART ATTACK
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INGBE1 posted:
CAN MY HUSBAND GET IN OUR NEW HOT TUB AFTER HAVING A HEART ATTACK 3 YEARS AGO?
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CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi:

This should be discussed with his doctor(s) first and foremost.

Most important, coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression) condition, requiring a continuum of care, as well as good doctor-patient/patient-doctor communication and understanding at ALL times.

Best of luck to your husband and you down the road of life.

Take care,

CardioStar*

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American Heart Association - Learn and Live

Hot Tubs and High Blood Pressure

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=584

Health Central

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Hot tubs and heart disease: Trouble or Treatment? - April 23, 2008

What has been the source of some interest from the cardiology point of view is the possibility that the use of hot tub or sauna might be dangerous for the patient with any type of heart disease.

......it is quite common to see signs at any public Jacuzzi, hot tub, or sauna suggesting that people should not enter if they have high blood pressure, heart disease, or pacemakers, and should discuss use with their physician. I have been requested to provide a doctor's note on one occasion. What is the basis for this warning, and have their been true scientific studies that relate to this subject?

Initially, after immersion in hot dry air or water (Jacuzzi, hot tub, hot bath), the blood vessels closest to the skin will dilate causing a drop in blood pressure. This is accompanied by......

http://www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/c/77/25817/heart-treatment

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Living with Heart Disease

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

CAD is a chronic disease with no cure. When you have coronary artery disease, it is important to take......

This is especially true if you have had an interventional procedure or surgery to improve blood flow to the heart....../It is up to you to take steps......

Recognize the symptoms.....

Reduce your risk factors.....

Take your medications.....

See your doctor for regular check-ups.....

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/living-with-heart-disease

Coronary artery anatomy

Starting with the left anterior descending (LAD), the most critical, next to the ultra-critical left main (LM).

http://www.heartsite.com/html/lad.html

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Heart-Healthy Foods

It's never too late

Avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Choose skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. Limit servings to five to seven ounces a day. Trim visible fat. Limit egg yolks. Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. Use less salt and fat. Season with herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter.

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Good to know, for the primary and secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack/stroke

Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors for atherosclerosis (typically affectng the coronary, carotid, and peripheral arteries), which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction, or mutation), diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes secondhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), diet high in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol, high LDL, high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, LOW HDL (less than 40 mg/dL, an HDL level of 60/65 mg/dL or more is considered protective against coronary artery disease), high homocysteine, and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).

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