Expert Tips on Strengthening Your Heart

Expert Tips on Strengthening Your Heart

Heart related illnesses are on the rise in the United States. The American Heart Association reports that approximately 70% of US residents don’t exercise enough. Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet is difficult for many Americans. The combination of these two factors put individuals at a major risk for developing coronary artery disease (CAD). 

CAD occurs when pockets of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other materials adhere to the arteries surrounding the heart. As these deposits build up, the artery becomes increasingly narrow, limiting blood flow, and eventually restricting it completely. The heart muscle grows weak and can eventually stop working all together, resulting in a heart attack or heart failure. Those with certain risk factors, like high blood pressure, are even more susceptible to developing CAD or another cardiovascular disease. 

According to the CDC, heart disease kills 1 in 4 Americans each year. Coronary Artery Disease is the leading type of heart disease, taking approximately 365,000 lives a year. Fortunately, most instances of heart disease, including CAD, are preventable through moderate lifestyle choices and changes as they relate to diet and exercise. 

Individuals of all ages and varying health conditions can start taking steps today to strengthen the heart and stave off coronary related issues. Taking action is important. Here are some different ways for strengthening the heart. 

Straightforward Tips for Strengthening the Heart

Lesser Known Tips for Strengthening the Heart

Heart Health is in Your Hands 

For those who are in higher risk categories of developing heart disease, you can start working your way towards better heart health through these strengthening practices. 

For the majority of people, heart health can be completely controlled. For the few with genetic predispositions to heart issues, it’s even more crucial to start preventative practices to make sure the heart muscle stays as healthy as possible. Heart issues, even when not fatal, can drastically hinder one’s quality of life, limiting exercise, causing chest pain, and creating stress. 

UCF Health offers numerous resources on healthy lifestyle practices, including information on heart-healthy foods, COVID-19 updates for patients, and exercise programs. Don’t hesitate, contact our health care professionals today and take charge of your physical and mental well-being.