Remember that old ditty, “The thigh bone’s connected to the knee bone?” It’s just as true for your lungs, heart, and blood vessels. When you take steps to reduce the risk of disease in one area, it will have a positive impact on the other two.
Your heart is the central pump of your body, with blood vessels leading to and from it. Your lungs oxygenate your blood and send it through the vessels to your heart, which then pumps it off to the rest of your body. After your body uses the blood, it goes back to the lungs via the blood vessels. Then, the process starts all over again. If one of those parts is clogged, say with cholesterol-made plaque, then the others have to go into overdrive to get their jobs done.
Emotions of the Heart
Anything you do to reduce your risk factors for heart disease helps your lungs and your blood vessels, too. It doesn’t take long to see the results of implementing new routines. After just three to six months of risk-reducing behavior, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you may see tangible health results from your efforts. Even an obese person, for example, will see positive effects from losing just five to 10 percent of his or her body weight.
Women’s risk of heart disease increases when they enter their 50s and experience the onset of menopause, although it can be managed in most cases with proper diet and exercise. Implementing healthy behaviors earlier in life can also help ward off some of that risk.
Take Action Against Heart, Blood Vessel, and Lung Disease:
- Exercise regularly; 150 minutes of moderate exercise, 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or a combination of both per week.
- Cut down on fats in your diet, especially saturated fats.
- Keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control.
- Don’t smoke.
- Talk to your physician about specific ways to make your lifestyle more heart healthy.
Heart & Vascular Institute at UPMC Susquehanna: Mending Hearts, Restoring Lives
UPMC Susquehanna is committed to providing the latest cardiovascular care and technology to our patients, along with our philosophy of whole-person care in a compassionate atmosphere.
Our highly trained cardiologists, nurses, therapists, and surgeons are experts in cardiac testing and diagnosis and treatments for a wide range of heart diseases and conditions. We’re passionate about prevention and early detection measures, using the most advanced diagnostic tools available, to keep your heart healthy.
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If you have symptoms of heart trouble or have been diagnosed with a cardiac or vascular issue, our experienced heart doctors are here to help you find the answers you need for diagnosis, treatment and management of heart conditions. For excellence in care, make an appointment with a provider at UPMC Susquehanna by calling 570-321-2800.