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A Healthy Heart: Only One Step Away

Heart ExerciseIt’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.

Have you been exercising lately? Talk to our experts to learn more about a great exercise routine for you or your loved one or request a consultation.

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