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Moving You to Move Your Blood

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 1:15 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
legNothing is simple. You can’t even make breakfast without weighing the pros and cons of a dozen different options. Should you have sugar? Should you have whole-grain? Are eggs better than cereal? Is cereal better than waffles? The possibilities, questions and uncertainties are endless. And that’s just breakfast. So why would protecting your heart and preventing heart failure be any different? You have to consider not just what you eat but how you live your daily life when taking the steps necessary to keep your heart pumping and your blood flowing, because it’s not just your heart that fails.

Scientists have discovered that changes in your legs and other body parts contribute to the likelihood of heart failure.  When the muscles shrink, there is less muscle mass, and the blood-supplying vessels lose their elasticity and flexibility. Your blood is unable to circulate properly, and heart failure occurs. Exercise, however, can change this. Regularly working out increases the number of progenitor cells in your body, which means that your body has more cells capable of repairing tissue. The taut muscles reclaim their flexibility, and blood flows freely once more. There’s only one problem: exercise can be difficult for heart-failure patients, and they’re often unsure as to what type is best.

But that’s why we have doctors. They, or other medical staff, can design a program that will best benefit an individual patient. It will probably include 20 minutes, five days a week of in-hospital or outpatient exercise. Yoga may be recommended, as it has been proven safe for heart-failure patients and effective in reducing some of the condition’s symptoms.  Whatever the routine, the patient will know that he is improving his quality of life, increasing exercise tolerance and keeping the blood flowing.

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