It’s been estimated by many Public Health Organizations that roughly 80% of heart attacks and strokes in individuals under 75 years old could have been prevented just by improving their heart health. Regular exercise, quitting smoking and getting your blood pressure down can all improve heart health.

One of the largest issues associated with heart disease is that the damage occurs inside your arteries and isn’t directly visible, making it that much more difficult for you to recognize there’s a problem and adjust your habits accordingly.

Giving your heart’s arteries more love, care and attention can have a positive impact on your health and even increase your life span. The better you take care of your arteries, the more you’ll get back later in life.

Quit Smoking. There are many health benefits to quitting smoking. Some are immediate while others occur after years of being smoke-free. For example, after 15 years without smoking, your risk of heart disease is similar to that of a non-smoker.

Exercise more. Exercise has many health benefits for the heart. It burns calories, and can lower blood pressure and improve sugar regulation and cholesterol levels. Exercise also encourages the heart’s arteries to dilate more readily and the sympathetic nervous system (which controls heart rate and blood pressure) to be less reactive.

As with any Physiotherapy, the main goal is to improve the strength of muscles and improve how the body moves. Physiotherapy can help the blood flow more easily through the heart, can help open up vessels, and overall strengthens the muscles in the heart.

If you would like to speak with any of our PROTx Services teams about heart health and physiotherapy, book an appointment at one of our locations today.