Heart Disease and Exercise

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Heart disease and exercise are two words that should never go together. What I am saying is that an individual with a good exercise program they adhere to on a regular basis should never have heart disease if they will include a good diet regiment to go along with their exercise.

Exercise should be an important part of everyone's lifestyle. Unfortunately in today's busy world more and more people are getting dangerously obese because of diets high in fats and cholesterol and a total lack of an exercise program. When you add these two elements together you have the perfect venue for a large variety of very serious health problems. One of these problems are a very high risk for a heart attack.

Exercise could aid in curing so many of today's health problems if people would just take the time to do it. It has so many benefits that it is even hard to talk about them all in one short article. However, here is a short list of some of the things exercise can do for our bodies.

1 – Strengthen your heart and lungs

2 - Increase bone density

3 – Relieve depression and stress

4 – Help you lose weight

5 – Help your sleep patterns

There are other positive things exercise can do for your body, but if you are a sensible person this should be enough. Why would you want to take a chance on developing a large number of serious diseases, including heart disease, when they can be prevented with a little fortitude, will power and perhaps an hour a day of your time.

Now, getting more to the topic of this article, let's talk a little about the connection between heart disease and exercise and what these two subjects have in common.

The heart is nothing more than a large muscle. Like any other muscle it is going to grow weak if it is not exercised. If someone has a health problem where they are confined to their bed for a long period of time, their legs muscles become very weak and soft. If they are not used for a long enough period the patient almost has to learn how to walk again. It could take months to get them back in a healthy condition. The only difference between your leg muscles and your heart muscle is this. If your heart muscle becomes too weak you can have a stroke or heart attack and die.

Even when you are sitting down or lying in the bed your heart is still at work pumping the needed blood and oxygen to all parts of your body. A weak heart has to work a lot harder to do its job and the harder it has to work the more chance of some serious problems.

If an individual has a heart attack and is fortunate enough to survive, one of the first things the doctor is going to do is to give the patient a diet plan and an exercise program. It is very important for the patient to follow both very closely if they are hoping for a healthy recovery.

Only one or two days after a heart attack the doctor will have the patient stretching and walking around the hospital hallways. Before leaving the hospital they will be given a stress test to see how much exercise their heart is able to tolerate. Once they have left the hospital the patient will probably be instructed to go to rehab for at least a few weeks. This will give the heath care staff time to give the patient advice on the correct ways and amount of exercise they can safely participate in. Usually after 6 -10 weeks the patient is able to exercise on their own. If the patient will follow their exercise program and diet plan for an extended period, they will greatly decrease their chances of having another heart attack. What is so sad is this scenario could be totally avoided if people would try to live a healthy lifestyle and get plenty of exercise in the first place.

So you see, heart disease and exercise do have a connection. You can exercise to help prevent a heart attack, or if you are one of the very lucky ones, you can exercise to recover from it.