In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at growing evidence that exercise helps to prevent heart attacks.
In North America, an alarming 40 percent of all deaths are a result of heart disease.
A heart attack is caused by a sudden and complete obstruction of the blood flow to a part of the heart muscle.
This sudden obstruction is usually caused by the build up of plaque, which then breaks off. When it breaks off this blocks the blood flow which causes that part of the heart muscle to suddenly die, resulting in a heart attack.
Two recent studies revealed how exercise helps to prevent heart attacks.
The studies showed that competitive older endurance athletes may have more plaques in their arteries than non-exercisers, but they have the type of plaques that are far less likely to break off and cause heart attacks.
To help prevent or reduce plaque formation:
Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and restrict red meat, processed meats, sugar-added foods, all sugared drinks and fried foods.
Avoid being overweight.
Do not smoke.
Limit or avoid alcohol.
Exercise every day for at least a half hour a day.
Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor. It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.
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