Heart Disease and Exercise

About 12.6 million Americans currently have  heart   disease .

1.1 million Americans will experience a serious heart event this year.

One in four Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease. Every 34 seconds one American will die as a result of cardiovascular disease.

No other disease claims as many women’s lives as cardiovascular disease. One American woman dies each minute as a result of cardiovascular disease.

Around 700,000 Americans will have a stroke this years. That’s one stroke every 45 seconds.

 HEART   DISEASE  IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST KILLER OF AMERICANS. IT KILLS AS MANY AMERICANS AS THE NEXT 5 LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH.

But by regularly exercising you have a 45% lower risk  heart   disease  and you half the chance of having a  heart  attack. You also raise your HDL (good cholesterol) levels.

When exercising remember that when it comes to protecting your heart it’s the total amount of energy you use. So ideally you should exercise in short intense bouts. However you should avoid sudden strenuous exercise.

Aerobic exercise will open up your blood vessels and may improve blood-clotting. Weight training will also reduce help reduce your levels of LDL (bad cholesterol).

It’s a good idea to join a gym or exercise with friends. This helps you keep motivated.

Important: Before starting any exercise routine please consult your doctor.