Heart Health

Do you want some heart-to-heart talk? Literally, this is a ‘love advice’ as I will discuss details on what are the crucial functions of our heart and how can we protect and love it so it never stops beating. Here you will learn the risks and consequences you can suffer if your heart is not maintained, either through bad diet or lack of exercise.

Heart-y Facts

Part of the cardiovascular system, it may be just the size of a fist, but it never stops functioning and pumping. It is positioned just slightly left of the breast bone and is protected by a sac called the pericardium.

It has four chambers, each of which has a particular job to do. These are the right and left atrium and the right and left ventricle. The process of blood flow in the hearts occurs first in the right atrium, which acts as the receiving area of the blood coming from the veins and then pumps it to the right ventricle.

From there, it distributes the blood to the lungs, where oxygen molecules are attached to the blood molecules. This oxygenated blood then goes to the left atrium where it is pumped into the left ventricle. The left ventricle, considered as the most robust chamber, distributes this oxygen-rich blood to the rest of our body.

What are These Heart Aches?

Due to genetics, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and an unbalanced and poor diet, a number of heart diseases are named and studied accordingly by scientists today. They devise new methods on how to control and eradicate these heart problems to be able to maintain the healthy functioning of the human anatomy.

Some things that can go wrong with the heart are:

  • Myocarditis. There is swelling and inflammation of the heart muscle due to viral infections

  • Pericarditis. In this disease, the sac lining of the heart, pericardium is sore and damaged caused by viral infections, autoimmune conditions and in some cases kidney problems.

  • Arrhythmia. Arrhythmia can be either considered benign or malignant. In mild cases, it results in shortness of breath, however grave danger like death may occur. This is characterized by an irregular rhythm of the heart due to the alterations in the conduction of the electrical impulse through the heart.

  • Coronary artery disease. High amounts of cholesterol blocked the arteries making it difficult for the blood to flow properly. Because of this, blood is not entirely supplied in the heart resulting to blockage posing grave dangers like heart attack.

  • Myocardial infarction. Most popularly known as a heart attack, this occurs when the blockage in the coronary arteries makes the blood incapable of flowing. The oxygen-rich blood is not able to be pumped in the heart making it less efficient, and may cause the permanent death of the organ (and of you, unless you can be saved in time.)

  • Cardiac arrest. The permanent and sudden cessation of heart beating and function.

A Heart-Felt Suggestion

Prevention is always better than the cure. To decrease your heart risk, change your eating habits, making it healthier. A controlled portion size of meat, fish and starch is necessary. Eat ample amounts of fruits and vegetable. Eat less sugary and salty food. Eat omega-3 rich food and whole grains!

Eat healthy so as to be healthy. Exercise more often and change your sedentary lifestyle into an active one, such as running, swimming and cycling. Even daily walks can help, either at lunch or after dinner.

Incorporate an active lifestyle, healthy and balanced diet so that your heart will not suffer from anymore heartaches!