A Healthy Heart: Only One Step Away
It’s no secret that exercise is an important routine for a healthy heart but just how many people are actually doing it? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 annual report, an alarming 2 out of every 10 American adults still don’t get the recommended levels of exercise every month.
The American Heart Association suggests that by just walking 10,000 steps a day you can reduce the risk of the initial heart attack by up to 90% and reduce the chance for a stroke by 70% and yet fewer and fewer Americans each year are doing it. But, what some people don’t know is how important exercise is after a heart complication. In a Study released by the American Heart Association, exercise “improved VO2max, ventilator response, heart rate variability and blood flow” while decreasing depression in patients with heart failure and in a separate study, HF-Action, there was a dramatic improvement in just three months reducing shortness of breath, fatigue and had patients feeling better. In the ‘HF-Action’ study, patients in the exercise group had a 5-point improvement on the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire then those in the control group. Whats even more impressive is that these benefits were sustained over a long period of time.
Yet, despite these clear signs of improved heart health in patients approximately 47% of heart failure patients admit to not exercising. But, exercise doesn’t always have to boring. One study suggested people exercising with the waltz dance for 3 hours a week and other have come up with clever inventions of their own to make exercise easier and more convenient like the TrekDesk. TrekDesk is a small treadmill that fits under a desk and can be used to walk on while sitting at your desk working or on the phone.