Your cardiovascular system is kind of a big deal. One heart to pump blood throughout the body, arteries and veins to deliver the blood to your organs, and millions of red and white blood cells to transport oxygen and help you fight off colds. Without all of this, life simply would not be possible.
That’s why taking care of your cardiovascular system is such a vital part of everyday life. Here are some things you can do to improve your overall heart health.
Smoking not only robs the heart of oxygen-rich blood, but increases the chances of other risk factors such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and high cholesterol. Since smoking is one of the leading preventable causes of death and disease, quitting for good is the best medicine for your heart. Contact Cardiac Solutions regarding our Smoking Cessation Program
Checking your blood pressure should be a regular part of your heart health routine. The higher your blood pressure, the harder your heart has to work. The harder your heart works, the more pressure is placed on the walls of your arteries, which can eventually lead to blood vessel damage. Some ways to lower your blood pressure may include:
HDL cholesterol is good for your heart, but high levels of LDL cholesterol is not. Usually found in animal proteins and foods high in saturated fat, LDL cholesterol can build up in the blood and calcify into hard plaque. You can lower your cholesterol by changing up your eating habits, losing some excess weight, start an exercise program or talking with your doctor about cholesterol medications.
Since your heart has to pump more blood with each pound you gain, excess weight has a direct correlation with cardiovascular problems. The increase in blood flow also increases the blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart disease. Losing weight is the only way to give your heart a much-needed break, so ask your doctor for advice on how you can improve your nutrition and exercise routines.
Sitting around all day is definitely not good for your heart. You need to get your heart pumping and the blood flowing to keep your heart healthy. Doing regular physical exercise 30 minutes a day 5 days a week helps your heart function more efficiently, improves your strength and flexibility, reduces your blood pressure, and aides in weight loss.
According to the American Heart Association, Diabetes is one of the major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Diabetes can thicken the linings of the blood vessels, making it much more difficult for blood to flow through the vessels. By maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, controlling your blood sugar levels, and scheduling regular appointments with one of the experienced cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions, you can decrease your risk for developing diabetes and increase your heart health all at the same time!