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Building a Strong & Healthy Heart

Updated on October 2, 2012

I like to compare the heart as an engine to an automobile. As long as you keep it well tune and service it will run for you. The automobile needs proper fuel to run just as the heart to work effectively.

The arteries carry oxygen to the heart. If the arteries become block your heart doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to function. This can lead to heart attack. Just like the fuel and oil in your automobile, if it doesn’t reach the engine it dies.

The stronger your heart the more blood it can pump. In return your body gets oxygen flowing efficiently and reduces the risk of heart attack stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol.

What Can I Do To Build a Healthy Heart?

The first prevention measure to obtain a healthy heart is to consult with a doctor to make sure your heart is healthy, in good working condition and to prevent any beginning stage of heart disease.

Exercise has a number of effects that benefit the heart and circulation. Regular exercise decrease bad cholesterol. This mean there may be less plaque built up in the arteries. Less plaque means blood can flow freely to and from the heart. Like all muscle, the heart becomes stronger as a result from exercise.

Eat more vegetable and fruits can help you eat less high fat foods such as meats, cheeses and other snack foods. Vegetable and fruits are a food source of vitamins and mineral which are low in calories and rich in fiber.

Eating whole grains are good source of fiber as well as other nutrients. Whole grains play a role in regulating the blood pressure and heart health.

By making life style changes and limiting your Saturated and Trans Fats consumption you can build a strong and healthy heart and prevent the risk of coronary artery disease.


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    • catmalone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for yor comment rajan jolly! Im glad you found my hub useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Some fine tips to build a healthy heart, catmalone. Voted up.

    • catmalone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks dinkan53! I agree with you, we have to make changes and better choices in or lives to enjoy quality health. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

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      6 years ago from India

      Simple and understandable article. A mass awareness is necessary to make people change their bad lifestyles, eating habits and to do regular exercise to have a healthy heart. Thanks for sharing, nice work catmalone.

    • catmalone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi MarleneB, I'm sorry to hear that. At least you took the first step in consulting with your doctor to determine the condition of your heart and what needs to be done next. Exercise and nutrition is the key in building a strong and healthy heart. You take care and stay healthy! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      When my doctor discovered that I had trouble with one of my ventricles, she advised me to exercise to build up the heart muscle. I like how you transition and build your information to help us understand the importance of following your excellent advice. This is a really great hub about how to develope a healthy heart.


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