Did you know by the time you become 80 years old, your heart will have beaten close to 3 million times? Across the globe, every year, Cardiovascular disease kills about half of all people who die from a noncommunicable disease. With around 17.5 million people passing away every year due to Cardiovascular disease, CVD is the world’s leading cause of death. In 2000, World Heart Day was created to raise awareness of the impact of CVD and to inform the public of ways to help keep your heart healthier.
What Can I do to Promote a Healthy Heart?
While CVD is currently the leading cause of death, it doesn’t have to be. With some small changes to your lifestyle, you can help promote a healthier, happier heart! Which means you’ll also be increasing your chances at a longer life! World Heart Day is September 29th, but you can work towards protecting your heart every day.
How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Heart
Our physical therapist and Rancho Cordova Clinic Director Shannon Zalewski shares, “In physical therapy, our goal is to get you back to doing your favorite activities, whether that is walking, gardening, taking care of kids/grandkids, or any other recreational activities. Getting back to your desired physical activity helps to manage weight and high blood pressure, leading to reduced risk of heart attack, diabetes, and stroke. Being able to live life how you want leads to a happier, healthier lifestyle.”
Tips on How to Keep Your Heart Healthy
The World Heart Federation has some simple tips to incorporate into your life for a stronger heart:
Fuel your body with proper nutrition
- Replace sugary drinks with alternatives like water or unsweetened juice
- Instead of filling up on candy, treat your body to fresh fruits instead
- Eat fruit and vegetables daily. The general recommendation for fruit and vegetable intake is five servings of 80 grams per day.
- Limit consumption of alcohol
- Be aware of eating meals high in salt, sugar, and fat. This means to check your prepackaged meals; you may be surprised (and possibly disturbed!) at what you find.
- Make your own meals at home! When you eat out or buy prepackaged foods, you lose some control over what is going into your body. By creating your own meals regularly, you’ll better understand how much sugar, fat, and salt you’re consuming.
- Be active for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity 5 times a week: Dance, swim, play with your grandkids, go on a brisk way around the neighborhood, etc!
- Look for ways to be more active in your daily life, like parking further than usual to walk further!
- Make it a team effort! We can all benefit from healthier hearts – get your family, friends, and co-workers involved! Or, join an exercise club to meet others with similar goals.
- If you are a current patient of ours, use the KEET app to follow along with your exercises and track your progress!
- It’s never too late too quit smoking!
- The risk of coronary heart disease is greatly reduced within just 2 years of quitting
- Secondhand smoke is also a cause of heart disease in non-smokers
- If you’re having trouble stopping, ask for professional advice
Take the Pledge this World Heart Day!
Promise to treat your heart with the love and care it needs! Join in with others by pledging your promise here.
Performance Physical Therapy is the Sacramento region’s favorite Physical Therapy team. With appointments available within 24 hours, you can book your Physical Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Hand Therapy and Vestibular Rehabilitation appointment and begin treatment quickly. We proudly serve in four locations: Folsom, Roseville, Rancho Cordova and J street In East Sacramento as well as their surrounding cities such as Midtown, Auburn, Rocklin, Elk Grove, Antelope, and Citrus Heights. Let us help you live your most mobile life and get you back to doing the activities you love.