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January 24, 2006

Five Steps to Better Cardiovascular Health

Practical advice on how to improve your cardiovascular health.

So you're interested in cardiovascular health but you're not sure where to start? Worry not. They call me Heart Healthy Henry for a reason and I'm going to give you five great steps on how to improve your cardiovascular health.

Step 1 -- Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

Exercise is top on my list and for good reason. Without exercise your body runs down and can fall apart (literally). Your body needs adequate cardiovascular exercise in order to maintain proper cardiovascular health.

If you're not exercising for thirty minutes a day at least three days a week, you're not getting enough. If you want to maintain proper cardiovascular health, you'll need to get up and move.

Step 2 -- Eat Properly

A healthy diet is just as important as getting enough exercise when it comes to cardiovascular health. If you like your fruits and veggies, this should be easy but if you're a junk-food junkie, this may be the hardest part for you to do when it comes to maintaining your cardiovascular health.

A diet tailored to cardiovascular health will be high in fruits, vegetables and fiber but low in fats, cholesterols and sodium. That means baked beans are great, but French fries are a no-no.

Step 3 -- Stop Bad Habits

If you smoke, stop. Smoking isn't just a bad habit, it's horrible for cardiovascular health. There are numerous methods to help you stop smoking. From prescription medications to hypnosis, there are literally dozens of ways you can stop smoking.

Excess drinking is also a no-no. If you indulge in more than two drinks a day, you need to cut back. Too much alcohol can increase problems with your cardiovascular health.

Step 4 -- Dietary Supplements

If you want to maintain good cardiovascular health, dietary supplements should become a part of your daily regimen. Supplements like the one available at this website can help you maintain good overall health, contributing to your cardiovascular health.

Step 5 -- Relax

Stress is to cardiovascular health what carcinogens are to cancer. Stress is bad for both your body and your mind. If you want to maintain good cardiovascular health, you'll need to learn stress management techniques.

As you can see, the road to cardiovascular health doesn't need to be a mystery. By following the above five steps, you'll be well on your way to optimal cardiovascular health.

January 17, 2006

The Secret Life of Arteries

What arteries are, what they do and how to keep them healthy.

So you want to learn about arteries? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’m Heart Healthy Henry and I’m going to tell you what you want to know about your arteries.

An Overview of the Artery

Your arteries are the roads through which your heart can deliver oxygen and nutrients to the various parts of your body by carrying blood away from the heart to the other parts of the body. They are made up of three different layers. The first layer is made of tissue, the second layer of muscle and the third layer of epithelial cells.

The Dorsal Aorta

The dorsal aorta is the one main artery that your heart pumps blood through. This main artery divides and branches off into other arteries, allowing the different parts of your body to get the blood and oxygen they need in order to function and thrive.

Feel the Action

When your heart pumps, your arteries expand and contract, helping your heart to push your blood through your body. If you put your finger over an artery, you can actually feel it pulsing along with your heart.

Your Arteries and Blood Pressure

The pressure in your arteries is what determines your blood pressure. The systolic portion of your blood pressure reading is the reading of the pressure in your artery when your heart is contracting and the diastolic reading is the pressure in your artery when the heart is relaxing.

Coronary Arteries

The coronary arteries are the arteries which bring your blood back to your heart. It’s blockages of these arteries that are the number one cause of death in the United States.

Keeping Your Arteries Healthy

In order to keep your arteries clear and healthy, you need to moderate your intake of fats, cholesterol and sodium. All of these are bad for an artery and if your goal is cardiovascular health, stay away from those items.

On the other hand, a diet that is high in vegetables, fruits and fiber are great for your arteries. By eating healthy, each artery in your body should remain free of the cholesterol that often causes heart disease.

January 10, 2006

An Introduction to Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension: what it is and how to treat it.

So you’ve heard of pulmonary hypertension but you’re not sure exactly what it is or how it applies to you. That’s what I’m here for.

My name is Heart Healthy Henry and I’m going to go into detail on what pulmonary hypertension is, what the risks are and how to treat it.

A Pulmonary Hypertension Overview

Pulmonary hypertension is a disorder of the blood vessels in the lung. With pulmonary hypertension, the pressure in blood vessel that leads to the lungs from the heart (the pulmonary artery) rises above normal levels. This is a rare occurrence (about two in a million), but it can become life threatening if not caught in time or treated properly.

Pulmonary Hypertension Symptoms

The symptoms of pulmonary hypertension are similar to the symptoms experienced with high blood pressure. They include shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain and fainting.

Is There a Cure?

There is no cure for pulmonary hypertension and until recently, the survival rate was nothing to glow about. However, nowadays there are new treatments being used and some patients are living 20 years or longer with the condition.

Can Pulmonary Hypertension Be Prevented?

Pulmonary hypertension can’t be prevented. There is no known cause of the condition just as there is no known cure. While we’d like to think that everything can be taken into control and prevented and cured, that’s just not the case with this condition.

On the other hand, a change in lifestyle can never hurt and eating properly and getting enough exercise may help to prevent the condition, but medical experts have no proof that this is the case.

Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension

Treatment of pulmonary hypertension can be complex and is oftentimes controversial. Treatment will mainly depend on whether the pulmonary hypertension is primary or secondary.

If it’s primary, that means that there’s no known underlying cause and treatment will often include a continuous intravenous infusion of prostacyclin.

If the pulmonary hypertension is secondary, the primary cause of the condition will probably be treated which will normally correct the pulmonary hypertension.

Lung transplants are sometimes an option for people who are suffering from pulmonary hypertension that cannot be treated otherwise.

January 6, 2006

Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest

What Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is and How To Prevent It

Sudden cardiac arrest is a scary condition. When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. I’m Heart Healthy Henry and I’m going to review the serious subject of sudden cardiac arrest with you.

An Overview of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest kills half of all people who die from heart disease. Sudden cardiac arrest is not a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when there is a blockage of a blood vessel. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when they heart’s electrical system doesn’t function properly.

What Causes Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

The most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation. Ventricular fibrillation occurs when the control signals that regulate the heart suddenly become chaotic. Because of this, the lower chambers of the heart stop pumping and start trembling. As a result, they can no longer pump blood to the parts of the body that need it.

Treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The only treatment known to really work for sudden cardiac arrest is an emergency shock treatment that is given to the patient using a tool called a defibrillator.

For a defibrillator to be effective, it must be used within minutes of the sudden cardiac arrest onset. Unfortunately, more than 70 percent of sudden cardiac death patients die prior to receiving defibrillation.

Signs and Symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

While it’s true that sudden cardiac arrest occurs unexpectedly and usually without warning, there are some signs that you can be on the lookout for. These include an abnormal heart rate, a rapid heart rate that comes and goes without reason, and fainting.

Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent sudden cardiac arrest. These steps include sticking to a healthy diet, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco and maintaining a healthy weight. By taking these steps, you can greatly reduce your risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

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