General Heart Health Tips for Heart Valve Problems
Since people with heart valve problems may have other heart problems,
it is wise to take steps to improve overall heart health. These steps
Drinking plenty of fluids (especially after
exercise) to prevent
dehydration, which may increase symptoms of
lightheadedness and palpitations.
Keeping your weight within the
normal range for your height. Being overweight creates additional stress on the
Cutting back on or eliminating caffeine (including coffee,
tea, colas, and chocolate). Some nonprescription pain medicines (such as
Excedrin) also contain caffeine. Caffeine increases heart rate and may increase
episodes of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
Cutting back or
eliminating other substances that make the heart beat faster, including
alcohol, tobacco, and any medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, epinephrine,
or ephedrine, such as cold remedies and allergy
Preventing fatigue. Get plenty of sleep and rest. If
you become overtired, your symptoms may be more noticeable or more severe or
may occur more often.
Using relaxation methods or an exercise
program to reduce stress.
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