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How Does Being Active Help Protect Your Heart?

Last updated 3 years ago

Along with eating a healthy diet, staying physically fit is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your heart healthy for years to come. Physical activity is highly recommended as part of a comprehensive cardiac care treatment plan, even for those who have not been diagnosed with heart disease. If you have been diagnosed with heart disease or you’ve suffered a heart attack, consult a cardiac care specialist before beginning or changing your exercise routine.

Blood Pressure Regulation

If you have high blood pressure, you have a greater risk of suffering cardiovascular problems, such as a heart attack. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it can cause significant damage to your heart and blood vessels without causing any symptoms. Your physician can check your blood pressure levels during a wellness exam. If you do have hypertension or are at risk of it, getting at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise each day can help you lower your levels.

Cholesterol Level Improvement

Cardiac care specialists strongly advise patients at risk of heart problems to improve cholesterol levels when necessary. If you have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, your arteries are accumulating fatty deposits. This means that your heart may not get enough blood. In addition to eating a low-fat diet, you can lower your LDL cholesterol levels by exercising regularly. It is believed that regular physical activity assists with the transportation of LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream to the liver. From there, it can be excreted from the body.

Blood Sugar Control

If you have diabetes, you have a heightened risk of heart disease. This is because uncontrolled blood sugar levels can gradually inflict damage on the blood vessels, including those that lead to the heart. Staying active can help you control your blood sugar levels. Not only does exercise use up blood glucose on a short-term basis; it can even improve your body’s insulin sensitivity.

You’ll find the area’s leading cardiac care physicians, nurses, and echocardiograph technologists at Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte. Our cardiac care program includes sophisticated diagnostic tests and advanced procedures to restore you to health. Give us a call today at (888) 685-1599 for a referral to a cardiac care specialist. 


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