February is American Heart Month, which is a great time to get motivated to start keeping your heart healthy.
The heart is the core of your cardiovascular system. The cardiovascular system comprises the heart and the circulatory system: The heart pumps blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells through the arteries and vessels. After the cells have received their needed oxygen and nutrients, carbon dioxide and other waste is removed from the cells through the veins – and this “used” blood goes back to the heart for reoxygenation.
That process starts over and over again in a continuous cycle to keep your body healthy and thriving. It is an intricate system, designed to work flawlessly when healthy. An unhealthy cardiovascular system is not only dangerous, but could be deadly.
Ultimately, maintaining optimum cardiovascular health boils down to fostering a strong, healthy heart and clear blood vessels that are free of plaques from cholesterol buildup.
How Can a Healthy Heart Help My Body?
Let’s take a look at some of the main benefits of maintaining a healthy heart and excellent overall cardiovascular health:
Fewer Chronic Illnesses
People who take care of their heart and cardiovascular system generally have fewer health concerns, and they tend to live longer. If they do develop a chronic condition, they are often able to be relatively unaffected by it insofar as their productivity and enjoyment of life.
As you become more physical, your heart is strengthened and your lungs’ capacity for functioning is improved. Your heart is a muscle, and like the other muscles in your body, it is naturally strengthened through regular physical activity.
Regular activity improves the heart pump’s ability to disperse blood throughout the body (i.e., throughout the cardiovascular system), and it therefore improves oxygen levels in the blood.
Low Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack
Exercise will help to lower your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke, as it lowers blood pressure – which is the pressure at which the blood is pumping through vein and artery walls. It will also help in lowering triglyceride levels (stored energy in your fat cells) and will assist in raising the levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), which is the good cholesterol.
How Can I Have a Healthy Heart?
Maintaining a healthy heart and cardiovascular system is as simple as maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The human body repays a healthy lifestyle with a greater feeling of energy and zest.
All physical exercise, even a little, is better than none – as long as you don’t overdo it. Aerobic exercises are best for reaping the benefits of a healthy cardiovascular system, and this can be achieved with simple exercise such as walking around the block.
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A healthy cardiovascular system means a healthy heart and excellent blood circulation throughout the body. Good blood circulation facilitates good lung function, so you will feel energized.
Here at the Lung & Sleep Specialists of North Texas, our team is dedicated to helping patients achieve excellent cardiovascular health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (817) 594-9993 or fill out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to seeing you here!