2. Most Americans don't meet the recommendations of physical activity and exercise. For those who are active the focus should be structured, scheduled exercise rather than a hobby. Lack of exercise and physical activity is directly related to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Exercise can act like medicine to protect against cardiovascular disease, but the side effects are weight loss, lower blood pressure, and improved cholesterol. Recommendations are 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity aerobic exercise on five or more days per week. Aerobic exercise is defined as continuous, rhythmic exercise using large muscle groups (golf doesn't count). If you have access to a stationary bicycle, treadmill, elliptical, or trail or neighborhood for a bicycle ride or walk, you can achieve a quality aerobic workout. Pencil in your daily exercise a week in advance so it won't be pushed aside. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise a day keeps the doctor away!
— Erik LeRoy, MS, CEP, Cardiac Rehabilitation
1. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often called "the silent killer." Blood pressure is a measure of how your heart pumps blood to the rest of the body. When the heart has to pump harder to get blood through the heart's vessels, this causes an increase in blood pressure. When left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss, or sexual dysfunction. Most of the time, the symptoms for hypertension aren't obvious, which is why it's important for you to follow up with your doctor and have your blood pressure checked. Medications can help, but you can take control by making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a well-balanced, low salt diet, limiting alcohol intake, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. You can fight high blood pressure, and Dosher is here to help.
— Natalie Swiger, MSN, RN Manager, Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac Rehab Manager Natalie Swiger speaks to a visitor about cardiac rehab services.