Cardiologist’s Advice: Habits For Your Heart

 - by Leon Tsebro

In the last 40 years there has been extensive scientific evidence that suggests a strong correlation between physical fitness and cardiovascular health. Coronary heart disease is more likely to occur to unfit individuals.  The reason for this relationship is because of your muscular function and strength, as well as your body’s ability to take in and use oxygen. In turn, these aspects improve the capacity of blood vessels to dilate in order to transport hormones and oxygen. As a result your physical fitness reduces a probability to have a heart disease such as a heart attack.

According to the cardiology doctors, a fit lifestyle includes a minimum of 30 cumulative minutes of modest activity for 5 to 7 days of the week. Modest activity implies jogging at 3 to 4 miles per hour. This activity should be equivalent to 3 to 6 multiples of resting metabolic rate, or 600 to 1200 calories per week. People who already meet these suggestions would receive additional benefits from more physical activity.

Another few factors affecting your cardiovascular health are your smoking habits, nutrition, and medication use. A good cardiovascular health is marked by a person’s high exercise tolerance, high-density lipoprotein (good) cholesterol, and insulin sensitivity, lower body-fat percentage, blood pressure, and low-density lipoprotein (bad) cholesterol. Mortality rate is also highly dependent on the individual’s fitness level.

Keep in mind that exercise, may bring a small increase the risk of having a cardiac-related complication. This is why it is a good idea to be aware and cautious of the warning signals of the problem: discomfort in the chest, unusual shortness of breath, dizziness, light-headedness, and heart rhythm abnormalities.  Keep in mind that most cardiac complications occur in the break period, as opposed to mid-exercise. If any of these symptoms occur, stop the exercise. However this risk is reduced if the individual exercises regularly.

The best way to receive these benefits if you allocate 30 minutes a day to exercise; it can be a single block of 30 minutes of 3 increments of 10 minutes. If you cannot find the time, you should make your day more active: for example taking the stairs instead of the escalator or the elevator, walking or biking instead of driving.

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