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Helping Your Heart
by Allina Patient Education

The heart is a remarkable, powerful organ. The more you know about how your heart works and what you can do to help it work better, the healthier and more in control of your life you'll feel.

The heart care teams of Allina Health want you to know that you are not alone on this journey. There are many ways we can help you help your heart.

  • Some heart problems can be improved by surgery or a procedure.
  • Others can be managed by taking medicine and changing your lifestyle.

The goal of this manual is to help you feel better and manage your condition. It is divided into three sections:

  • Your heart and types of heart problems helps you learn about your heart's anatomy and about your heart problem.
  • Healthy living covers the lifestyle changes that will help your heart problem — for example, nutrition, exercise and medicines.
  • Resources contains reference information you can use to find answers to specific questions.

Healthful tips and recipes

a woman and two children jog down a grassy hill outside on a sunny day

Exercise tips

What kind of exercise should you do? How should you structure your workout?

Recipe substitutions

Alter your favorite recipes in heart-healthy ways.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts