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What exercise really does to your heart – 1 February 2, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Anaerobic Metabolism, Heart Attack Survivors, Heart Muscle, Lack of Exercise, Muscle Power, New Blood Vessels, Physical Inactivity, Regular Exercise, Supply Muscle Fiber, Worthwhile Investment.
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Good morning everybody.  Many people have heart ailment specially those who are in the age of 40 and above.  Exercise is the best thing to do.


Investing in your heart through regular exercise is certain to give back everything you’ve put into it. 


You may neither really care about firm, sexy abs, nor would you care about increasing your muscle power. But there’s certainly one muscle you simply cannot ignore: your heart muscle.


Daily physical inactivity or lack of exercise was one of the nine risk factors responsible for 90% of first heart attacks among the 30,000 respondents spread across 52 countries in the Interheart study. Among heart attack survivors who regularly exercised, 90% were more likely to be alive seven years after their heart attack compared to those who remained inactive.  Exercise is,  a worthwhile investment, whether one has had, or has not yet had, a heart attack.


The protective effect of exercise was found by investigators to be due to the production of a substance called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) that encourages new blood vessels to grow to supply muscle fibers. These muscle fibers are then able to switch from what is known as anaerobic metabolism (one that uses sugar for energy) to aerobic metabolism (one that needs oxygen to work through the breakdown of fats for energy).

Ref: Dr. Ma. Belem Carisma, Cardiologist and President of the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) visit http://www.philheart.org or e-mail secretariat@philheart.org.


Food Heals November 14, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Beta-carotene, Bioflavonoids, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Damage, High-fiber Foods, Leafy Vegetables, Lower Cholesterol, Organic Fruits, Triglycerides, Uncategorized, Whole Grain.
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If you’ve recently survived a heart attack or had cardiac surgery. You may feel overwhelmed with questions about recovery—especially regarding your diet.  Hope and help are on the way:  We’ve asked four hear-health experts to weigh in on your most pressing post-illness questions.  Find out what to eat, what to avoid and where to go from here.

Which foods will help heal and protect my heart?

You can enjoy plenty of delicious foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Highly pigmented, organic fruits and vegetables are best.

He particularly recommends dark leafy green, carrots, beets, and berries because “the antioxidants, beta-carotene, and bioflavonoids in these foods prevent cholesterol from oxiding and causing further damage to the heart.  According to a recent study, eating five or more fruits and vegetables every day can reduce cardiovascular disease risk by up to 72 percent, with an astonishing 10 percent risk reduction for every piece of fruit eaten daily.

Add high-fiber foods to your grocery list, too.  Fiber absorbs bile, clears toxins, and can lower (bad) LDL and raise (good) HDL cholesterol.  He suggests stocking your pantry with beans and legumes, which are rich in fiver, low in fat, and cholesterol free.

Tofu and other soy foods are also cardiac friendly because soy’s isoflavones inhibit atheroscierosis (hardening of the arteries), improve vascular function, and lower cholesterol and trigycerides.  And you can still enjoy certain oils, especially olive, canola, soybeans, flaxseed and help oils, which contain beneficial fatty acids; research indicates that canola and soybean oils, in particular, helps lower cholesterol.