Your Heart The Powerhouse

From the Providers Desk

Did you know what a powerhouse your heart is? Your heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime (Harvard Health). This power house of a muscle pushes a million gallons of blood to every part of the body, carrying with it oxygen, hormones, fuel, and other important compounds. In the process of all this, it carries away waste products of metabolism (Harvard Health).

It’s amazing that this never-ending powerhouse performs so well, for so long in most people. But the heart can suffer and be brought down by smoking, infection, unlucky genes, poor diet, and lack of exercise (Harvard Health). When the heart stops, many essential functions fail almost immediately (Harvard Health).

Treat your amazing powerhouse well by stopping smoking! Beginning a healthy lifestyle now will go a long way in reversing heart disease. Exercise, eat healthy, and see your provider about controlling your high blood pressure or high cholesterol. If you have children, start them on a path to keeping their powerhouses strong. Speak with your provider about making small changes that can keep your heart a real powerhouse.

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