Patients who are worried about their cardiovascular health, are working with a local cardiologist to manage a heart condition such as heart failure or are recovering from heart surgery or want to improve their heart health may benefit from working with a local Pilates instructor. Patients will work with a local family physician and/or a local cardiologist to help them manage medications, make healthy lifestyle changes to reduce heart disease, get regular screening exams and plan any heart surgeries. Pilates was invented by Joseph Pilates and focuses on strengthening the core. He was in an internment camp during World War I, and he shared his program with other detainees. A local Pilates instructor leads people through Pilates exercises to help them improve mobility, balance and flexibility. Pilates exercises led by a local Pilates instructor involve using special equipment such as mats, balls and pulley machines. If you have a heart condition, are recovering from heart surgery or a stroke or want to lower triglycerides to improve heart health and think that a local Pilates instructor could be a beneficial addition to your healthcare team, talk to your local family physician or local cardiologist.