We’ve all heard that exercising keeps the heart healthy – whether it’s a run, yoga class or cycling. But how much exercise is healthy and can too much be harmful?
According to a recent piece by MedPage Today, “too much of a good thing” can become a reality, and one must be tuned in to his or her limits. It looks like moderate exercise may be the way to go, even for healthy patients.
The article states:
“Research involving stable chronic heart disease (CHD) patients found daily strenuous exercise to be associated with a more than twofold increased risk for cardiovascular mortality compared with moderate (two- to four-times a week) exercise (2.36, 95% CI 1.05-5.34).”
This is not an excuse to skip your exercise though! Researchers found that moderate, regular exercise is important for maintaining a healthy heart. Widely accepted guidelines recommend 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity five to seven days per week.
It’s no surprise that having a healthy heart impacts one’s overall health. But a new study found that the health of our hearts impacts our minds much more than one would think, and the correlation starts early.
A recent piece by Reuters explores a study on how young adults with healthy blood pressure tend to have better thinking and memory skills in midlife than their peers with higher blood pressure. The key takeaway from this piece is that the relationship between heart health and mental function begins earlier than many may realize.
Early adulthood (ages 18-25) is a great time to form healthy habits that will not only protect your heart, but ultimately impact your cognitive functioning later in life.
We suggest that young adults:
Exercise. Make sure you’re moving! Exercise will keep the heart healthy, body weight in check and, as an added bonus, it releases endorphins that can combat stress.
Start forming healthy eating habits. Forming healthier eating habits when you’re younger is much easier than doing a full revamp once you have already experienced health issues and your bad habits are firmly engrained. Make sure to monitor your sugar intake and cholesterol, as they impact the functioning of your heart.
Find a hobby to combat stress. Whether it be yoga, running or unwinding with a good book, having a go-to stress buster is crucial, as stress can make one’s blood pressure spike. Find something that helps you unwind and hone that skill or activity.
Refrain from smoking and drink only in moderation. Make sure to keep your vices in check, this will be beneficial to your heart and body as a whole in the near and long term.
Tell us: what are your tips to keep your mind sharp and your heart healthy?
In the “Personal Journal” section of today’s Wall Street Journal, Ron Winslow writes about the attention that cardiac rehabilitation programs designed for patients with heart failure have been receiving recently.
We at Vasomedical are pleased to see programs aside from invasive surgery gaining mainstream attention. This piece largely focuses on post-surgery rehab via exercise, which is critical.
The reporter writes:
“Patients and clinicians hope increased access to a structured exercise program will not only improve and prolong patients’ lives but reduce hospital admissions – and readmissions. An estimated 17% of the 42 million elderly beneficiaries of Medicare have a heart-failure diagnosis and account for about 800,000 hospital admissions a year.”
With the updates to the Affordable Care Act, hospitals will begin to receive hefty fines for high readmission rates. Exercise will certainly go a long way in keeping patients healthy and improving quality of life, but sometimes it takes an additional push to get to the active phase of one’s recovery.
This is where EECP® Therapy comes in: as a bridge between heart conditions and exercising. EECP Therapy helps generate more blood flow to the heart, eliminates or reduces the symptoms of ischemic heart disease and after a course of EECP Therapy, patients are finding it easier to be more active without pain or discomfort.
Tell us: what do you do to pave the way to a stronger heart? Are you a regular exerciser? Let us know, and make sure to read the full Wall Street Journal piece here: