Posts by Shawna Cook

Sternal Precautions following Open Heart Surgery

Have you had open heart surgery? Here are some things you need to know as you begin your recovery process. Many of you will have been given information from the hospital or your doctor after you were discharged from hospital. Commonly this advice tells you not to lift anything more than 5 pounds, and restricts you…

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Strength Train For Your Heart Health

Did you know that after the age of 40 you begin to lose 3%-8% of your muscle mass per decade, and after the age of 70 this muscle mass loss increases to 15% per decade? This loss of muscle mass is the fundamental cause of falls, and disability in older people. As we lose muscle mass we…

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Exercising With Heart Pain

If there is plaque building up in the walls of the heart arteries (coronary arteries), they start to get narrow in that area. This means that the amount of blood trying to flow past that area is reduced compared an artery that is clean and clear. These coronary arteries are what deliver oxygen carrying blood to the…

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Heart Healthy Changes to Canada’s Food Guide

Canada’s Food Guide has gone through an overhaul, and the result has some great new recommendations to help keep Canadian Hearts Healthy! What’s different: There has been a shift from the four food groups we are used to with recommended servings in each, to a more simple “pattern of eating” approach. The food guide recommends filling…

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Heart Healthy Eating: Making Nutrition Goals Stick

Hello Pulse Cardiac Health Family!! Many of you are looking to start fresh, with a renewed sense of motivation to get a few things back on track. One of the most popular focus points is diet. Many are looking to shed some of the weight from special treats you’ve been eating, and just overall looking…

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Heart Wise Holiday Tips

Happy December to all! For many, December marks the official launch of the holiday season. The sights & sounds of the season are in full force, along with a myriad of seasonal festivities. Holiday parties, family gatherings, and potentially even some well-deserved vacation time are upon us. With all of these events filling our calendar…

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Targeting Belly Fat and Preventing Heart Disease

Increased body weight is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It increases your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, not to mention its impact on your daily life! The main measure used in determining your body weight risk is your waist circumference, which gives us a measure of the largest part of your…

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How to Prevent Falls by Improving Your Balance

As we start to inch our way closer to winter and that four letter “snow” word, we start to think about the ice and uneven ground that comes along with it. Falling rates increase substantially during the winter months. Which lead to potential broken bones, and more specifically hip fractures. In cardiac rehabilitation, and those…

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Exercise and smoky skies! Yes it impacts your heart!!

With much of Canada on fire, many of us are struggling with how to cope with the significant change in our air quality. Our lungs, eyes, & throat are all taking a beating just maintaining our daily routines in these smoky conditions. Our hearts however, can also be impacted. The smoke in the air right…

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Healing After a Pacemaker or ICD

Understanding what you can or should be doing after your surgery is important to give you the best recovery possible. It is very normal for people to feel unsure about doing anything with the affected side out of fear of pulling out wires, or simply wanting to protect the area from pain. In fact, however,…

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