Increase Your Moving & Grooving; Decrease Your Shaking!

exercise heart health Feb 06, 2020

Most people know that moving and grooving (exercise) is good for your heart. When your body moves around, your heart becomes more efficient and your blood improves how it flows through your body.

It is important to keep on moving!

However, you should do a lot less shaking… I mean stop pouring salt on your food!

Seriously, put the salt shaker down. Any food that comes in a can, is processed, or purchased at a restaurant will have more than enough salt in it. There is NO reason to add more!

Salt causes your body to hold water - it makes your body swell up! If you are swollen, then you have extra fluid in your body which makes your heart work harder. This causes increased blood pressure.

High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and/or kidney disease. High blood pressure can kill you.

I once had a patient who was referred to physical therapy. When I see someone for an evaluation, I take blood pressure and heart rate measurements.

Normal blood pressure is 120/80.
Normal heart rate is 80 beats per minute.

I took this patient’s blood pressure and it was 200/95!

I couldn’t continue the evaluation. If I tried to exercise this person and his blood pressure increased any higher, he could have a heart attack or a stroke. I contacted the referring physician and they looked in their medical records of the patient. He had high blood pressure measurements but not quite as high as what I was seeing.

The patient did not want to go to the emergency department and he did not have a family physician. I was able to connect him with one who would see him the same day.

Thirty days later the patient returned for his physical therapy evaluation and thanked me. His back problem hadn’t gone away, which is why he still needed physical therapy, but he reported that he felt better overall since his blood pressure was starting to get under control with medication. He said that he hadn’t realize how bad he felt until he started feeling good.

I don’t remember all the details of why he had high blood pressure.

What I do know is that the main contributors to high blood pressure are:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Eating high salt foods
  • Lack of potassium, calcium, and magnesium
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Guess what?

5 out of 6 of these contributors are completely in your control. Only diabetes is out of your control IF you were born with the inability to self-regulate insulin and glucose.

What can you do?
You can exercise so get out there and Move and Groove!
You can avoid adding salt to your food so put down the salt shaker!
You can choose to eat a well-balanced diet chock-full of nutrients!
You can consume alcohol in moderation or not at all!
You can reach an ideal body weight!
You can manage your diabetes!

I care about you and your health. Schedule your annual physical with a primary care physician today. Get your blood pressure and heart checked. Learn about your cholesterol levels.

Take control of your health! You can do it!

 

To Your Best Health,

Dr. Jeanette

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