The heart is important for its function of pumping blood to the organs, tissues and cells of the body; In addition, many experts associate it with the car engine, because thanks to its work, the body and vehicles are set in motion.
“Many people care more about their car than their body”says Dr. Denton A. Cooley, founder of the Texas Heart Institute.
The expert also points out that people “worry about changing the oil, perform periodic adjustment and use the correct gasoline. But when it comes to your own body,they feed him foods that contain a lot of fat and salt, smoke and don’t exercise regularly,” according to the words collected by the Texas Heart Institute portal (Texasheart).
Lack of body care generates cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels. Cooley emphasizes that the risk factors for suffering from these diseases must be reduced, which is why he recommends “a diet low in fat, salt and cholesterol; no type of tobacco should be consumed; exercise at least three times a week and maintain a healthy weight.
In this sense, the website of the Fundación Clínica Shaio revealed some tips for knowing whether a person’s heart is healthy or not requires some attention from a specialist.
“A healthy heart is essential for providing the oxygen and nutrients our body needs,” the organization said. For this reason, he said, one of the signs of a healthy heart is that it interacts properly with the body’s other organs, such as the lungs and kidneys, by efficiently pumping oxygenated blood.
When this conduction process is not performed correctly, symptoms begin to appear that may indicate the presence of cardiovascular disease. Some of them are:
- constant fatigue
- Chest pain radiating to arm
- Dizziness or fainting
- Difficulty breathing
Similarly, another symptom that can be an important indicator of coronary risk in men is erectile dysfunction, which can be a predictor of the development of heart disease. It can also occur after suffering a cardiovascular event.
“It is important not to ignore the presence of symptoms and visit a health facility for an examination. “According to symptoms, risk factors and family burden, the doctor will decide what tests should be done to detect the presence of cardiovascular disease,” he warned.
What exercises should be practiced to keep the heart healthy?
What experts suggest is to exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes to strengthen the heart. Doing aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging or cycling, are the most recommended activities by experts.
“Exercise burns calories; reduces appetite, blood pressure and stress and increases HDL (good cholesterol) levels. It also improves the figure and makes us feel better. It’s almost simple,” explains Dr. Denton A. Cooley.
“Specialists recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week,” says the Heart Foundation’s website.
in Medline Plus we recommend that you coordinate with the doctor the best sports program for each patient, in order to keep the heart in good condition.
“Aerobic activity uses the heart and lungs for a long period of time. It also helps the heart use oxygen better and improves blood circulation. You want your heart to work a little harder each time, but not make it work too hard.
Walking, swimming, light jogging or cycling are some of the sports activities with which you can create the habit of exercising. The important thing is to start with a moderate routine to increase the intensity later.
Specialists advise stretching and warming up before exercise, you should also rest and avoid overexertion during sports activities, especially when you have heart symptoms.
Weight bearing routines are also ideal as they help strengthen muscles, especially for everyday activities Medline Plus show that these exercises “do not help the heart as much as aerobic exercise.”
On the above website they advise to consult a physical therapist or trainer as they can explain how to do the exercises in a more correct way and avoid injury.
The Heart Foundation also advises controlling blood glucose levels, because “cardiovascular disease is responsible for 80% of deaths in people with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.”
Experts point out that untimely treatment of diabetes can increase the risk of heart and cerebrovascular diseases.