Blogging for health
The heart is an amazing machine. It works like a machine and is consistent like a machine, but yet it is a muscle. But also like a machine, this muscle needs maintenance, prevention and treatments to keep it running in tip top shape! This muscle is one complicated machine!
Your strong adult heart muscle pumps 2000 gallons of blood a day, beats at least 86,400 times a day, and it is responsible for keeping all of the organs in your body alive. That is a pretty big job for a muscle that is about the size of a fist and weighs only 8 to 10 ounces.
Your heart deserves maintenance, prevention and treatment just like a machine. If you haven’t had your cholesterol checked lately (prevention), now might be a good time to do this, especially if you are a male over 35 years old or a female over 45 years old. You should also get your blood pressure checked. Do you need to be on medication? If your blood pressure is consistently over 140 / 90, chances are you need a “treatment” for your heart — otherwise known as a blood pressure medication.
And how do you maintain your heart machine? Exercising, eating right, and stopping smoking go a long way to help your heart stay healthy and working like the machine that it is.
The Million Hearts Initiative is an organized national effort to decrease heart disease and the chronic health conditions that it causes, such as stroke, congestive heart failure, and heart attack. This initiative focuses on the above mentioned activities: cholesterol testing, BP checking, smoking cessation and exercising. This is an example of an Evidence Based Practice guideline that Aspire Indiana Health uses as we care for you and your important heart machine.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our four locations, and a heartfelt thank you for reading!
To Good Heart Health,
Syd Ehmke, NP
COO, Aspire Indiana Health