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LOVE Yourself! – Keeping your heart healthy

LOVE Yourself! - Keeping your heart healthyHeart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Heart disease is caused by atherosclerosis or plaque clogged arteries that restrict the blood flow in the heart. Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.

Warning signs for a heart attack:

• Chest pain or discomfort
• Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms,back, neck, jaw or upper stomach
• Shortness of breath
• Nausea, lightheadedness or cold sweats.
**If you are experiencing any of these symptoms seek medical attention immediately.

5 MAJOR Risk Factors for heart disease:
• Inactivity (Sedentary Lifestyle)
• High blood pressure
• Abnormal values for blood lipids
• Smoking
• obesity

February is the month of Valentine’s Day, so among loving others make sure to take time to love YOURSELF! Your heart is working 24 hours a day 7 days a week to make sure your body has oxygen through blood flow to continue functioning. Unlike other organs your heart is made up of muscular tissue that can be conditioned like other muscles in your body.

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the 5 major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Exercise is important in maintaining strength in your heart.

American Heart Association recommendation for Physical Activity in adults:

For overall cardiovascular health:
• 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days/week or
• At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week AND moderate to high intensity muscle strengthening activity at least 2 days per week.

For lowering blood pressure and cholesterol:
• Average 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic activity 3 or 4 times per week.

Benefits of regular exercise on cardiovascular risk factors:
• increased exercise tolerance
• reduction in body weight
• reduction in blood pressure
• reduction in bad cholesterol
• increase in good cholesterol
• Increase in insulin sensitivity.

If you are unable to maintain the above listed
recommendations don’t worry, something is
better than nothing! Exercise is important to becoming heart healthy. Love yourself and protect your heart!

We here at Life Care of Ocala are here to improve the health of the community for which we serve. As part of this vision, we provide a team of highly skilled Physical, Occupational and
Speech Therapists and the latest in cutting edge rehabilitation technology such as the AlterG
anti-gravity treadmill and the Biodex balance system to help you regain your independence and facilitate you reaching your personalized goals. Please call our outpatient rehabilitation department at (352) 873-7570 if you have any questions or think we can help you maintain your functional independence.

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