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Controlling Blood Pressure: Do Women Need To Exercise And Use Medical Therapies? - Dr. Smolens

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Dr. Smolens explains if a woman needs to exercise and use medical therapies in order to control her blood pressure and cholesterol effectively. Dr. Smolens is a women's heart expert at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. Smolens:
A lot of patients ask, “Can exercise supplant taking medical therapy or vice versa? I am on medical therapy; do I still need to exercise?” You actually still need to do both. The cardiovascular exercise is recommended for a number of reasons, not just to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol low, but it also helps your heart stay healthy in terms of exercise and in terms of your heart rate and blood pressure control.

In terms of medical management, you may need that in addition to exercise routine, and one should not supersede the other.

About Dr. Smolens, M.D.:
Board Certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon Iva Smolens, M.D., serves as medical director of the Women's Heart Center at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. She currently serves on the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors for the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Condition: Heart Attack, Heart Palpitation, Heart Disease

Related Terms: Chest Pain, Stress Test, High Blood Pressure, HDL, LDL, Body Mass Index, Cardiovascular Exercise, Angiography, Stent, Heart Bypass Surgery, Open Heart Surgery, Vascular Disease, EKG

Expert: Dr. Iva Smolens, Iva Smolens, M.D., Doctor Iva Smolens, Cardiologist Iva Smolens

Expertise: Cardiology, Heart Specialist, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attack, Heart Palpitation