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This Is Your Heart on (and off) Exercise. by Aleisha Fetters. February 20, 2017. 1 Comment. Stay active, boost your heart health. It’s a simple enough directive, but contrary to what you might think, the connection comes down to way more than maintaining a healthy weight.

Sure, exercise — whether it’s walking, running, lifting weights or just taking the stairs — can help fight obesity, one of the five primary. Aerobics. Aerobic exercises, also known as cardio, are designed to raise your heart rate and make you break a sweat. Aerobics help to improve your circulation and lower your blood pressure. The long-term effects of exercise on the cardiovascular system include a reduced risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure.

Regular exercise at a moderate intensity several times a week might be the key to a healthier heart and longer life. More: Calculate your Target Heart Rate. Over time, with chronic cardio training, our resting heart rate drops because each beat delivers a bigger burst of blood, and fewer beats are needed.

This takes work off your heart and is why cardio exercise is recommended for heart health. However, cardiovascular exercise can also produce stress. Your heart rate. Your heart rate offers a more objective look at exercise intensity.

In general, the higher your heart rate during physical activity, the higher the exercise intensity. Perceived exertion may not always be similar to your heart rate level, and it depends on the individual. But it can be a general guide to measure your exertion. Total-body, nonimpact sports: The more muscles involved in an activity, the harder your heart must work to fuel them all—thus, it grows stronger itself.

Rowing, swimming, cross-country skiing. Try to stay consistent and rhythmic in your exercise for at least 20 minutes or more. Ideally, 30-40 minutes would be great. Try to do it at least 4-5 days per week. NOTE: Certain Activities Can Actually Cause Heart Palpitations After Exercise.

Occasionally, I will experience heart palpitations after I exercise and I believe it is for two reasons. “Don’t overdo it trying to get your heart rate up to previous levels,” he said. There are a couple of ways to monitor your exercise intensity. If you have been using a target heart rate to get to the right intensity, your healthcare provider can help to determine your new target heart rate using a brief exercise stress test. A variety of factors can cause a rise or fall in your heart rate during exercise. Knowing these factors allows you to adjust your workout intensity to remain in your target zone.

Hot weather can cause a spike in your heart rate, as can obesity and thyroid medication. Beta blockers, meanwhile, can cause a decrease in your heart rate. Aerobic exercise: This is what probably springs to mind for most of us when we hear the word “exercise.” Aerobic exercise includes things like running or bicycling, or even walking at a brisk pace.

It gets your heart pumping harder and improves your circulation.

List of related literature:

Most of us could not keep that up very long, but that is what the heart does during exercise.

“Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology” by Valerie C Scanlon, Tina Sanders
from Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
by Valerie C Scanlon, Tina Sanders
F. A. Davis Company, 2014

So, the question is, what kind of exercise is good for the heart?

“Put Your Heart in Your Mouth: Natural Treatment for Atherosclerosis, Angina, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Arrhythmia, Peripheral Vascular Disease” by Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.
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by Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.
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Not surprisingly, though, exercise places extra demands on the heart.

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by Joe Friel
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Move your body and your blood and fluids circulate, your heart muscle is worked out, and you get into shape and foster heart health—that’s the idea behind aerobic exercise.

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• Once the heart feels full, it should remain so through the rest of the exercise.

“Integrative Medicine E-Book” by David Rakel
from Integrative Medicine E-Book
by David Rakel
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

But even modest amounts of exercise (four or five exercise sessions a week throughout life) can prevent some cardiac stiffening.

“Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging” by Judy Foreman
from Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging
by Judy Foreman
Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2020

Cardiac changes that occur from aerobic exercise are both natural and healthy, and it is highly unlikely that proper aerobic exercise will cause damage to a healthy heart.

“Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform” by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
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by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
Human Kinetics, 2004

The cardiologists explained that conducting more bouts of vigorous exercise decreased the risk of experiencing a heart attack during that vigorous exercise.

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by Martin Gibala, Christopher Shulgan
Penguin Publishing Group, 2017

This type of exercise, known as aerobic exercise, increases the heart’s strength.

“Introduction to Health Care” by Lee Haroun, Dakota Mitchell
from Introduction to Health Care
by Lee Haroun, Dakota Mitchell
Cengage Learning, 2020

Just as physical exercise needs to be somewhat strenuous, so “relational exercise” may need to be a bit vigorous to truly stress­test the heart.

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  • If you have symptoms when exercising the advice is to have it checked out and sorted. Problem is modern medicine usually means stenting to sort it, which however never addresses the real problems. I tackle my problem with intermittent fasting and other measures. Yes, I get slight angina symptoms when I exercise, however they semm to be getting less and less. My problem is a blocked artery, the aim is to get the collaterals working.

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  • Dr Sanjay Gupta,
    15 months ago I had quadruple coronary heart bypass surgery I am 51years old exercised regularly( light weights light aerobics 3 days a week) 6 foot 175lbs
    I suffered from chronic heart burn, western diet I suppose although I’ve never been fat Do you think this was my INFLAMATION warning? the heartburn??
    Post surgery
    Exercise daily slow jogging 40minutes one day then 20minutes the following day and light weight lifting
    Diet huge salads vegetables lots of fish some fruit low-fat cottage cheese yogurt… NO MORE HEARTBURN!!! for me it seamed that SUGAR was the worst
    I have now been diagnosed with AFIB. On occasion I’ve triggered an AFIB attack by exercising when tired maybe just not listening to my body needing rest
    My AFIB attacks are actually painful is this normal have you heard of pain in the neck shoulder even some chest and lasts for 4-5 days before retuning to normal rythm.
    I do not exercise whatsoever after an AFIB episode and it takes me a couple of weeks before I dare to jog lol.

    Any Advice on exercising for me or people diagnosed with Afib? maybe you could do a show on AFIB some day

    In closing I just wanted to thank you for this channel I love the straight talk/advice

    Sam Boles

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